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Apparently no one at Warner Bros. has actually seen Sam Peckinpah’s bloody 1969 Western “The Wild Bunch”, because I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about when they say they’re remaking “The Wild Bunch” and I hear the storyline they’re putting out there. Or did the original film had a DEA agent in there somewhere that I must have missed?
The big news about Warner’s proposed remake of “The Wild Bunch” has Will Smith actually being in talks to star and produce the film, which we’re told will “follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune.”
That, uh, sounds nothing like the Peckinpah film. The film is apparently a “modern remake”. Yeah, no shit.
So is this actually a remake of the Western and not some kind of misunderstanding? Apparently yeah, it is a remake of the 1969 movie, and David Ayer has been hired to tackle the script. Originally, the late Tony Scott had teamed up with Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) to pen a draft, but Scott passed away when the writing was only halfway done. Ayer is coming off “End of Watch” and has “Ten” up next with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Again, though, I have no idea why they insist on calling this a remake of “The Wild Bunch”, cause it sure as hell don’t sound even remotely like the same movie.
Smith, as you’ll recall, has been in a Western before. Well, sort of. He starred in the ludicrous fantasy “Western” called “Wild Wild West”. That one, uh, had a giant mechanical spider in it. That was kinda cool, I guess. (If you’re 8-years old…)
By the way, remember when Will Smith also used to be a rapper? I’d almost forgotten about that.
Via : The Wrap