MGM is moving forward with actively getting projects in the development pipeline now that they have settled the financial issues that kept it at a standstill for the last several years. To that end, the studio has engaged initial stages of a remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” John Sturges classic 1960 Western about an oppressed Mexican peasant village that assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.
There is only one name attached thus far, but it is a big one. Tom Cruise has signed on to develop the remake with the studio. There is no telling when things will go into active production at this time as MGM has yet to tap a writer or director for the piece and Cruise’s schedule is already filled near to the brim.
The actor is currently shooting “TRON: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski’s “Oblivion” and has a Van Helsing film, another “Mission: Impossible,” a “Top Gun” sequel and the Jack Reacher series adaptation in the works. So Cruise’s level of his passion and MGM’s forward momentum may have quite a bit to do with how quickly we see the project unfold.
“The Magnificent Seven” was of course famously based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Japanese adventure film “Seven Samurai” so it will be interesting to witness the modern iteration unfold. There will likely be many classicists who are resistant to a reimagining but if something fresh is brought to a table an updated “The Magnificent Seven” just may be a surprise hit.
Source: Ain’t It Cool News
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