'The Magnificent Seven' Remake Is Hunting Down Denzel WashingtonJacob Hall |
1960 classic 'The Magnificent Seven' is a film built entirely on a foundation of star power, and the impending remake is looking to follow suit. New reports reveal that the one and only Denzel Washington is being sought for the film, and we won't lie, there are few people we'd rather see kick ass in the old West than him.
The news first broke via Schmoes Know but was later confirmed by trades like Deadline and Variety. Antoine Fuqua, who directed Washington to an Oscar with 'Training Day' and re-teamed with him for the upcoming 'The Equalizer,' is in talks to helm the project. Considering their history together (and the fact that 'The Equalizer' has the folks at Sony raving), it's hard to imagine this not being their next collaboration. Considering the box office of 'Django Unchained,' action Westerns starring movie stars are totally in right now.
The original 'Magnificent Seven' (itself based on Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece 'Seven Samurai') follows seven gunslingers who are recruited to protect a small town from a gang of vicious thugs. It's a plot that's been parodied and imitated countless times, but for good reason. It's an excellent setup for an action movie and allows for all kinds of actors and personalities to mingle and squabble. The original film was led by Yul Brynner, James Brolin and Steve McQueen, so it's easy to imagine Washington backed up by an ensemble of equal badasses for the remake.
We'll update with more information as it becomes available, but this one certainly feels like a slam dunk. Commence with the dream casting!