Tom Cruise Attached to MGM's Remake of 'The Magnificent Seven'
With new versions of Carrie, RoboCop and more on the way, MGM is busy making a comeback with a slew of remakes, and now one more is on the way that might cause some outcry. Variety reports the studio is looking to remake the classic 1960 western The Magnificent Seven from director John Sturges, and Tom Cruise is attached to star. However, it's important to note that there's no director on board yet, a writer is currently being found, and the project is not in Cruise's immediate future, though the actor is certainly interested. It would be the actor's first real western since Far and Away, though Last Samurai was close.
The film really isn't begging for a remake, but since the western is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, I guess it's not that ridiculous of a concept. The 1960 film featured an all-star cast including Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz as a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits led by Calvera (the iconic Eli Wallach). It's not clear how the remake will shake up the story, or what kind of role Cruise would have, but it will likely be awhile before we learn any new details.
Cruise is shooting Oblivion with Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski right now followed by All You Need is Kill with Doug Liman. In addition, he was recently attached to a new Van Helsing project and a gestating comedy focusing on his Les Grossman character from Tropic Thunder. Plus, Cruise is also wanted for the remake of A Star is Born and a Top Gun sequel. Meanwhile, MGM is working on remakes of Poltergeist with Sam Raimi producing and WarGames with Seth Gordon directing, in addition to Carrie with Chloe Moretz and RoboCop with Joel Kinnaman. Will the studio get back to original ideas anytime soon or just keep staying afloat on remakes? We'll have to wait and see.