According to Variety, MGM is going back to the vault to develop a remake of John Sturges’ 1960 Western “The Magnificent Seven” with Tom Cruise attached to star. Later this year the studio is about to start production on “RoboCop” and “Carrie.”
As of now there is no director yet, due to the fact that MGM is in search for a screenwriter, meaning that the project is still a long ways off and is not in Cruise’s immediate plans.
“The Magnificent Seven,” itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic “Seven Samurai.” The film follows a bandit who terrorizes a small Mexican farming village each year. Several of the village elders send three of the farmers into the United States to search for gunmen to defend them. They end up with 7, each of whom comes for a different reason. They must prepare the town to repulse an army of 40 bandits who will arrive wanting food.
The film starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz. “The Magnificent Seven” was followed by three sequels.
Way back while doing press for Minority Report and while visiting the set of War of the Worlds I still remember when Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg both said that they would and are interested in doing a Western. SO I wouldn’t be surprised if Spielberg gets attached to the project.
What do you think?