Fuqua Tackles “Magnificent” Remake Next

“The Equalizer” and “Olympus Has Fallen” director Antoine Fuqua, out doing press rounds for the former, has confirmed to Movieweb that his upcoming remake of classic western “The Magnificent Seven” will be his next project.

John Sturges helmed the original 1960 film, which itself was based on the Akira Kurosawa 1954 cinematic classic “Seven Samurai”. Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz starred in ‘Magnificent’ as a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits.

The remake will star Denzel Washington as one of the seven, and they’re currently seeking actors to play the other six. In regards to the film he says:

“Yeah, that’s (The Magnificent Seven) where all of my attention is going. When I get back to L.A., I’ll meet the casting team and start to get into it with the producers and everybody next week.

Yeah, we’re trying to find the other guys now, trying to find the other… six (Laughs). My biggest influence is Seven Samurai, that’s what I really love. The Magnificent Seven I love as well, there are so many great actors in that movie. It’s a different way in, but it’s the same concept.

It’s not going to be something where people won’t recognize it, for sure. There’s certainly going to be the Yul Brynner type of role, the Steve McQueen, all those roles are there, and the town that needs help. It’s a different way in on this one, and the writers did a great job working on it. I’m really excited about it.”

Fuqua was also previously been linked with the drug smuggling drama “Narco Sub,” a film the late Tony Scott was once slated to direct. Turns out Fuqua no longer is, telling the outlet: “No, Narco Sub, it doesn’t look like I’m going to do it.”

Fuqua recently finished shooting his boxing drama “Southpaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal. That project is currently in the editing stage.