MGM seems to be on a roll these days, at least concerning its concentration on revisiting beloved titles from its library. The studio recently released its remake of 1976 Stephen King horror classic Carrie, and its Robocop reboot is set to hit theaters in February. Perhaps even more divisely, the planned remake of the classic Western The Magnificent Seven remains in development.
The original 1960 film - itself an American re-imagining of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai - features an ensemble cast that included Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn as American gunmen tasked with protecting a Mexican village from bandits. As such, the remake offers the opportunity to assemble a group of today’s biggest stars.
Tom Cruise had already become attached to star in the film, with rumors swirling that Matt Damon, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman could join Cruise onscreen. However, it appears that – as the film makes it way through development – this is no longer the case, where it concerns the Mission: Impossible star, anyway.
According to The Wrap, Cruise is no longer attached to the Magnificent Seven remake, and John Lee Hancock - director of Saving Mr. Banks and a co-writer on Snow White and the Huntsman - is onboard to rewrite the script. Nic Pizzolatto wrote the initial draft of the film, following his work on the upcoming HBO miniseries True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. (Hancock more recently offered script assistance on Disney’s Maleficent).
At this time, no director has been selected for The Magnificent Seven, though it is possible that Hancock could come onboard the project in a directorial capacity as well. After all, he did helm 2004 Western The Alamo and has delivered critical hits with The Blind Side and the aforementioned Saving Mr. Banks. Of course, that is just speculation at this point, considering how early along the film is in the development process.
As for Cruise’s disassociation from the project, the report did not cite any specific reason, though it’s likely due to his increasingly demanding schedule. The actor is set to headline sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow next year and has a ridiculous number of projects in the works, including Joseph Kosinski's Go Like Hell, Mission: Impossible 5, a Jack Reacher sequel and the oft-mentioned Top Gun 2.
Now that Cruise is no longer involved in The Magnificent Seven remake, who would you like to see take his place? Is Hancock’s involvement a sign of encouragement that MGM will deliver a solid film? Let us know in the comments section below.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on The Magnificent Seven remake as this story develops.
Source: The Wrap