Yes, MGM is developing a remake of the 1960 Western classic The Magnificent Seven as we speak and Variety reports that Tom Cruise is set to star. As you probably already know, the original transplanted Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai into the wild west as oppressed Mexican peasants hire a ragtag group of men to defend their village from rampaging bandits. The star-studded cast included the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn.
Beyond our intense reticence of seeing a classic getting the remake treatment, it certainly will be interesting to see whether the studio will go with a bunch of A-listers to fill the rest of the Magnificent Seven or whether Cruise will be the bona-fide star of the movie. At any rate, don’t expect to see this movie in the immediate future as Cruise is having an extremely busy year. He just wrapped the Jack Reacher adaptation One Shot and is currently working on Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi pic Oblivion. He will then star in Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill while he contemplates numerous projects that include El Presidente alongside Robert Downey Jr., Top Gun 2 and a reboot of Van Helsing.
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