Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington Team for ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake

Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington Team for 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

According to THR, Ethan Hawke is in "final negotiations" to board Fuqua’s "The Magnificent Seven" starring Denzel Washington. Hawke and Washington made box office bank back in 2001’s "Training Day," which earned both actors Academy Award nominations and Washington an Oscar win for Best Actor.

Screenwriters John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Nic Pizzolatto (a double WGA winner for HBO’s "True Detective") base their script on Kurosawa’s 1954 "Seven Samurai" written by Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni. That tale of seven samurai banding together to protect a destitute village from blood-seeking bandits was first remade in 1960 as "The Magnificent Seven" directed by John Sturges and starring Steven McQueen.

Chris Pratt and Hailey Bennett also boarded the project, which MGM began developing back in 2012 alongside a spate of other titles from its studio library including the forthcoming "Poltergeist" restart, 2014’s "RoboCop" and imminent remakes of "Death Wish" and "WarGames."

Among Fuqua’s bevy of directorial projects on the horizon will be the boxing drama "Southpaw" starring Jake Gyllenhaal and slated for Summer 2015 release.

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Comments

Mike

Whoever wrote this article needs some help. As written the second paragraph says that Seven Samurai is about GUNSLINGERS who protect a village from bandits. Please reread your article at least once before submitting for mass internet consumption. I laughed at this one pretty hard.

Bill

Hollywood has lost its imagination. The few original independent scripts are tossed out by the big studios–most likely due to lack of imagination.

Susan

What is wrong with Hollywood executives. Why remake a classic remake. The Magnificent Seven if a classic film that is a remake of a much better and legendary film The Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. Luckily, the Magnificent Seven worked, in no small part due to the magnificent score by Elmer Bernstein. Is the remake going to have a rap score? Hasn’t Hollywood learned anything from the horrible, financially disastrous remakes of The Manchurian Candidate and Psycho? I know that 20 somethings have zero knowledge of history, much less film history and would not otherwise see the original Seven Saumuri, Return of the Magnificent Seven or anything else over one year old, but the financial disasters that have resulted from remakes of classics should teach film executives something. Why not spend the money, resources and talent in developing a new script and concept. Oh the humanity.

Brian

I would much rather see a remake of FOUR FOR TEXAS (1963) with George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin roles. But which current Euro bombshells could you get to play the Ursula Andress and Anita Ekberg roles? Monica Bellucci, for one.

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