Tony Scott is Now 'Eager' to Remake 'The Wild Bunch' for Warner Bros
Lots of news from the Scott family today. Not only did Ridley Scott make headlines with another Blade Runner, but Tony Scott is now lining up another project, too. Deadline is reporting that Tony Scott, who is gearing up to also work on Hell's Angels for Fox 2000, is now "most eager" to direct the Warner Bros remake/reboot, revealed earlier this year, of The Wild Bunch, the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-directed Western that starred William Holden & Ernest Borgnine. Tony Scott's last film was Unstoppable, and he's got tons of other projects lined up, including another Top Gun and that Hell's Angels film, but this could take priority.
One of the key pieces in one of the projects involves casting Jeff Bridges as biker gang leader Sonny Barger in Hell's Angels, as Bridges has a hell of a lot on his plate, from R.I.P.D. to The Seventh Son, and hasn't even said yes because he's still so busy touring with on his concerts and preparing to work on those other two films. While that would be next for Tony Scott, it sounds like The Wild Bunch could creep up quicker. Deadline says Scott is getting "serious about a new version of a movie classic" and is in talks to direct. But he's also developing a "high priority reinvention of his 1986 Tom Cruise hit Top Gun." So yea, he's got a lot to choose from and anything could catch. "It's early days" they say. Interesting to see what he's focused on.
I'm fairly sure many people don't want to see a remake of The Wild Bunch at all, as we already have too many remakes/reboots in the works. I would agree and honestly, I'm not too keen on Tony Scott's recent directorial choices anyway. He's definitely not up at the caliber of his brother Ridley, but that's just my own opinion. I would prefer to see Tony Scott take on something besides a remake, maybe that Potzdamer Platz movie or Mark Millar's Nemesis, try something different and push himself a bit more. Unstoppable wasn't bad, but I'm concerned we're going to see more camp from Scott, rather than edge. What do you think?
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
Looks like Lil' Scott wants in on some of that "big brother remaking movies" action...
Icefilm on Aug 18, 2011
I love how Hollywood is coming back to the Western. It is nice to see modern audiences appreciate something I love and grew up with.
JT on Aug 18, 2011
agreed - but growing up with these classics is also part of the problem. i was very disappointed with the "3:10 to yuma" remake. not because it was a terrible movie....it was ok -but it sure didn't compare to the superior original. "wild bunch" is another classic and i certainly hope this remake is done better.
Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011
The Wild Bunch is my all time number one, Tony should do Potzdamer Platz or the 24 movie instead.
Loser on Aug 18, 2011
i love The Wild Bunch... im a bit conflicted cause i generally dislike remakes but if its going to be done at least Tony is a director of some caliber that could perhaps do it right.
happy camper on Aug 19, 2011
Tony as long as you Cast Mickey Rourke in all your movies I am there. You guys work great together.
Loser on Aug 19, 2011
MP on Aug 19, 2011
yeah! another "top gun" with "F-22 raptor".great ..
David on Aug 19, 2011
Tony is a great director.he can do remake greatly.
WE on Aug 19, 2011
A Western Tony Scott film. Hell yeah I will be first in line to watch that.
Last Son on Aug 20, 2011
Some films just cant be re made, no matter what ego is behind it.
Stan on Aug 22, 2011
I mean, have you ever known an artist to try to re make the Mona Lisa or perhaps another classic??
Stan on Aug 22, 2011
I want Tony Scott to finally film "Tom Mix and Pancho Villa".
Fiddlersgreenstudio on Aug 23, 2011
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