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Those of us out there with younger brothers know what they can be like - always following you around, always wanting to join in whatever you're doing, and if you have something new and cool... well then they just gotta have something new and cool, too. So, in the wake of the bombshell that was Ridley Scott announcing a new 'Blade Runner' film, his younger brother Tony Scott ('Unstoppable', 'Man on Fire') has entered early negotiations to remake the classic Sam Peckinpah western 'The Wild Bunch', proving he can revamp an iconic genre film, too.
Warner Bros. is spearheading the remake of the 1969 film, which starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Warren Oates and Ben Johnson in a story about aging outlaws and their final big "score" before the traditional American West disappears around them. With themes of betrayal, age and irrelevance as the world passes you by and living by an antiquated code of honor in modern times, the original film sparked controversy due to it's visceral graphic violence and bloody shoot-outs. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, and was chosen by the U.S. National Film Registry for preservation in the Library of Congress in 1999.
Four decades later, the film remains a staple of the Western genre, and with any luck will be treated with the respect and reverence that it's struggled to earn.