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Ridley Scott Revisiting Blade Runner, Yes; Tony Scott Remaking Sam Peckinpah’s Wild Bunch, No!

Ridley Scott Revisiting Blade Runner, Yes; Tony Scott Remaking Sam Peckinpah's Wild Bunch, No!

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It’s one thing for Ridley Scott to revisit Blade Runner from the ground up–he hasn’t even started a script yet. Even if Scott didn’t write the original Philip K. Dick story or the brilliant script by David Peoples (who also wrote Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven), his vision is all over that movie. I can’t wait to see what he does with it.

But it’s another for his brother Tony (Unstoppable) to remake the Sam Peckinpah 1969 classic The Wild Bunch. The man is in the ground and this ground is sacred. No, please no! It’s four decades since the first release of Peckinpah’s iconic western set in 1913 Texas starring William Holden, Robert Ryan and Ernest Borgnine. See trailer below.

At the same time, Scott has made plans to direct a Hell’s Angels film. His plans are contingent on Jeff Bridges starring as the infamous gang leader, Sonny Barger, though it seems that Bridges’ plate might be filled with other projects. Scott’s got a lot going on as well; he’s reportedly working on a reboot of his 1986 blockbuster Top Gun plus possible remakes of Potzdamer Platz and John Grisham’s The Associate. Let him do those and leave the best western ever made alone.

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The Hells Angels film worries me. The natural inclination from this remove would be to glorify that bike gang and give them some nobility as outlaw heroes. In actual fact they were cruel thugs who became a hardened California drug cartel. Murder was just a tool for them. One investigator had his legs blown off by a car bomb. No, I don’t want to see a sweetheart like Jeff Bridges portraying a filthy killer.


We’ll see if Wild Bunch gets made. Every week new film projects are announced only to disappear, never to be heard of again. And in the case of this remake I would be surprised if this one disappears too. (Like that remake of Richard Brooks’ precursor Wild Bunch film The Professionals that John Woo was supposed to direct at one time) And whatever happened to that Potsdamer Platz crime drama Scott was developing. Some major names had been cast in roles but since then I’ve heard nothing since. Another film project that was announced only to disappear

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