Last month came the news that Mel Gibson was set to co-write and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 western “The Wild Bunch”.
Doing promo rounds for his acting role in “Dragged Across Concrete” this week, even though the film hasn’t scored a U.S. release date as yet, Gibson discussed the remake with Deadline and admits he was initially as sceptical as everyone else:
“I thought it was a bad idea at first. Why make ‘The Wild Bunch’ again? Who would do that? I thought about it and I thought about it some more, and then I thought of a way. A way to tell the story. So I’ve been sitting in a room with a writer and its been a blast.
So it started as a bad idea, but it’s heading toward something that could be special. It’s about last chances and guys with lives of accrued violence…Those guys [in the original film]? They laugh a lot, but it isn’t funny.”
The original followed an ageing group of outlaws looking for one last big score as the traditional American West is disappearing around them and the industrial age is taking over. On the way, they are pursued by a posse led by a former partner they double-crossed. William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez and Ben Johnson co-starred.