Tom Cruise has been talking about starring in a remake of 1960’s “The Magnificent Seven” for a while. Variety is reporting there is a little bit of movement on the project. MGM is now looking for a writer. No director is attached to the movie yet.
The original “Magnificent Seven” featured a star-studded cast including Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. It’s a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 hit “Seven Samurai.” Turning the Eastern movie into a Western was the perfect formula to sell it to American audiences. It spawned three sequels and a CBS show.
Remakes are breaking out all over Hollywood, and no studio is taking advantage of the trend more than MGM. In addition to this one, MGM has new versions of “Robocop,” “Carrie,” and “Death Wish” in various stages of development.
In addition to all these remakes, there’s the sudden disturbing trend of turning board games such as Battleship and Candy Land into movies. I’m going to take a couple of years to “rewatch” the original versions of these films, and hope Hollywood has a burst of originality.