Back in 2010, Denzel Washington starred in a film called The Book of Eli. Playing a drifter in a post-apocalyptic world, that’s probably the closest Washington has ever come to starring in a straight up western. But that could change very soon, and it also means a reunion between Washington and the man who directed him in one of the two Oscar-winning performances in his career so far.
Schmoes Know has a source that says director Antoine Fuqua has signed on to direct a remake of The Magnificent Seven, the classic 1960 western that starred some of the coolest actors in film history including Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and a handful of others as a group of gunmen hired to protect an oppressed Mexican village from a band of outlaws. They also say that Fuqua’s Training Day star Denzel Washington has been offered the lead role in the remake, and in case you’re feeling a little iffy about the Schmoes’ source, apparently Deadline has heard the same thing.
Washington and Fuqua have a good thing going right now: Sony is so pleased with their work together on the upcoming The Equalizer, the studio has already put a sequel into development. There’s no word yet on what the priority order is for these films (and Fuqua also has Narco Sub on his dance card), so it’s tough to guess when The Magnificent Seven will ride into theaters for modern audiences.
“True Detective” writer Nic Pizzolato wrote the first draft of the screenplay, which has subsequently been reworked by John Lee Hancock. MGM has been trying to get a remake of their classic western off the ground for a long time now, and I remember a few years ago there was a rumor going around that John Travolta and Tom Cruise were interested in starring. As much as I like Tom Cruise, I’m glad that version never saw the light of day, and I’m much more interested in a version led by Denzel Washington than either of those actors. Plus, if Washington signs on, who knows what other A-list actors he could attract to star in this new version? This sounds like it has a lot of potential, and since the original Magnificent Seven was a riff on Seven Samurai, it’s hard to pull the “this should never be remade!” card here.
Are you interested in seeing a remake of The Magnificent Seven with Fuqua and Washington attached? Who else would round out your cast if you were calling the shots? Let us know below!
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