The Magnificent Seven is the latest in a long line of classic movies to receive the remake or reimagining treatment. First released in 1960, The Magnificent Seven (itself, a re-imagining of the film Seven Samurai) was directed by John Sturges and was a big hit, instantly becoming one of the most classic and renowned Western movies. The 2016 version is directed by Antoine Fuqua, reuniting him with his Training Day stars, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, who headline the film alongside Chris Pratt.
In fact, the whole cast lineup is pretty impressive; Peter Sarsgaard (Black Mass), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil) and Byung-Hun Lee (Terminator Genisys) also appear alongside Haley Bennett (Hardcore Henry), Matt Bomer (Magic Mike XXL) and Martin Sensmeier (Salem). The screenplay comes from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and The Equalizer screenwriter Richard Wenk. The second trailer for Magnificent Seven has dropped online and can be viewed above.
As per the original, The Magnificent Seven centers around the town of Rose Creek, which is under the deadly control of Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard). In desperation, Emma Cullen (Bennett) asks outlaw Sam Chisolm (Washington) for protection, and he sets about assembling an assortment of bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns to help him. The Seven soon find themselves massively outnumbered, as they prepare for the inevitable violent showdown to come.
You can also check out the new poster for The Magnificent Seven, below:
From the looks of the trailer, it seems as though The Magnificent Seven will be a good remake with some great casting choices; Washington as the strong, dependable leader of the pack and Pratt as the joker among them being prime examples. However, it remains to be seen whether today's audiences will take a classic Western to their hearts. Certainly Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Hateful Eight did well, but likely that was more the pull of the director and his casting choices that appealed to moviegoers. The Magnificent Seven might not hold the same appeal.
Fuqua seems to have added a modern twist to the movie; certainly the choice of soundtrack over the trailer gives it an edge, while at the same time he has stayed true to the original western town setting, and costumes etc. Fuqua has a history with movies of a similar theme - as in films that focus on protagonists seeking to use their violence for the greater good, and that seems to be channeled here too. In all honesty, it seems unlikely that this version of Magnificent Seven will appeal to fans of the original, but it might just appeal to a new, fresh audience looking for a break from the comic book movie onslaught.
The Magnificent Seven opens in U.S. theaters on September 23rd, 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures