Tom Cruise is no longer attached to star in MGM’s contemporary remake of the classic western “The Magnificent Seven”.
At the same time, “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Blind Side” director John Lee Hancock has come onboard to rewrite the project. Nic Pizzolatto (“True Detective”) wrote the early draft of the script.
John Sturges helmed the original 1960 western, 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 led by Calvera (Eli Wallach).
Three sequels and a short-lived 1990s TV series followed. Cruise became interested in ‘Magnificent’ early last year, but his busy schedule has prevented any further commitment on his part.
The title is just one of several reboots MGM is mining from its library titles, joining a list that includes next year’s “RoboCop” and “Poltergeist” remakes along with the in-development “Death Wish” and “WarGames”.
Source: The Wrap