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It was nearly a year ago that MGM announced a plan to remake the classic western 'The Magnificent Seven' with Tom Cruise was set to star. Not to be outdone, Warner Brothers is also planning to remake a landmark entry in the canon of western cinema. The studio is saddling up to bring us a new version of Sam Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch.' Now it appears that Will Smith is in talks to produce and star in the film. 'The Wild Bunch' centers on a group of aging outlaws who flee to Mexico after a failed bank robbery; taking on a gun-running assignment for a local general. Warner's remake is said to be a modern take on the material involving Mexican drug cartels. The hunt is currently on for a new writer after David Ayer had provided a draft during the studio's long quest to reboot this legendary film.
Sam Peckinpah is a phenomenal filmmaker, and one with whom you should immediately acquaint yourselves if you have any interest in westerns or great American cinema in general. That being said, Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch,' like most of his work, is a gritty, violent, and overwhelmingly cynical take on the western. It communicates the bleak twilight of an era, both in terms of the progression of time and the loss of certain heroic ideals. I sincerely hope that Will Smith's interest in this project is a product of residual regret over his not having taken the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained.' In other words, I hope he's in the mindset to approach this as a darker, more visceral western than say, I don't know, 'Wild Wild West?' I don't really understand the impetus to set this in modern day, and I actually think a great deal of the fundamental philosophy behind 'The Wild Bunch' will be lost in doing so.
What do you guys think? Any Peckinpah fans out there? Are you excited about the idea of Will Smith starring here? Who else would you cast?
Source: The Wrap