Scott Mann (“The Tournament”) has been hired to direct a $60 million remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic “Seven Samurai” for The Weinstein Company reports Variety.
Considered one of the greatest movies ever made, the original classic dealt with a village of farmers who hire seven masterless samurai (ronin) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.
The new version of the story centers on a small, contemporary village in northern Thailand which recruits seven paramilitary mercenaries from around the world to help defend the town from an upcoming attack.
John Fusco and Scott Mann are developing the script while Akira’s son, Hisao Kurosawa, will executive produce. Shooting aims to kick off sometime this year.
This is hardly the first remake of the property. Less than five years after the original, John Sturges took the story and adapted it to an American Old West setting, the result being “The Magnificent Seven”.