Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua, the team that brought you the box office hit Training Day and the highly anticipated yet to be released screen adaptation of the 80s cult show The Equalizer, could take up the reigns on another remake. This time it’s the remake of the 1960 western classic The Magnificent Seven. Washington and Fuqua are in early talks with MGM about the film, a project that has been in the works at MGM for some time and at one point had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt attached to it. Word on several sites is that, if Washington signs on, MGM will officially green light the project. John Lee Hancock, writer of the movie The Blind Side, wrote the most recent draft of the script, which Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective creator, previously worked on.
The original was directed by John Sturges and starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson as members of a band of a rag tag gunslingers defending an oppressed town from outlaws. One of the many ensemble pieces so prevalent in the late 50s and early 60s, the movie featured two of the greatest actors of all time in Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen and a director, Sturges, who would later go on to direct The Great Escape , also co-starring McQueen. The film was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. The classic film – which was selected for preservation for its ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’ values by the Library of Congress in 2013 – is predominantly set in rural Mexico.
Washington and Fuqua’s first outing, Training Day, was both a critical and box office success. As well, it is being reported on several sites that Sony Pictures has already green lit a sequel to The Equalizer, even though its September 26 release date is still a ways away. No word, though, how this might effect a Magnificent Seven remake.