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Tom Cruise Attached to MGM's Remake of 'The Magnificent Seven'

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May 21, 2012
Source: Variety

Tom Cruise / 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.

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  • FavJones
    Tom Cruise,Christian Bale,Ethan Hawke,Timothy Olyphant,Daniel Craig,Karl Urban,and Paul Walker MAKE IT HAPPEN HOLYWOOD!!!!!!! we need this cast for the remake one way or the other
    • Chris Amaya
      Replace Paul Walker with or Ben Foster. He was pretty awesome in 3:10 to Yuma. 
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Very awesome decision This must be Epic Gigantic Impress Memorable Very precisely choise , cruise fit to role But most important thing is director himself , John sterges was bloody first class, this one must be too , I think "Edward Zwick" himself is good choise(not in size of sterges) Score and cinematography is very important to this and who is 6 other coooooool Guys? They must be really popular and famous !
    • Ehsan Peloquin
      This is an awesome casting decision that will lead to unforgettable and epic results.  Cruise is perfect for the role and I really think he's going to impress a lot of people.  I would've preferred Edward Zwick over John Sturgess, but Sturgess is still a first class director.  The score and cinematography are going to play crucial roles in the development of this project as well.  I really hope the other six actors they cast are just as talented as Cruise.
  • http://twitter.com/rltuva Robert L. Tuva
    And that movie with him and with Werner Herzog playing the villian is already wrapped up and set to screen?
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Villain must be daniel day lewis He is super villain in gangs of new York but not far from western with there will be blood( I know there will be not was completely western) Magneficent seven : Tom cruise/Liam neeson/russel crow/Mel Gibson/Tom hardy/Leo dicaprio/brad Pitt Villain : Daniel day Lewis Music : Clint mansel / hans zimmer/ Howard shore/ Dan Davis / john powel/ dany elfman Director : Mel Gibson / zack Snyder / Edward zewick / clint eastwood / James mangold
    • http://shiftlocal.wordpress.com/ Marc Callado
      Daniel Day Lewis would be a kick-ass villain for sure.  An all star cast for a new age Western would be awesome!
  • Al
    Why not just set out to make a really good original western. Magnificent Seven is to near and dear to a lot of peoples hearts. (honestly, that doesn't change just because its Seven Samurai)  Do something along the lines of it, sure, you can even have it crammed with cool guys and stars if you want, just tweak it...a lot. 
  • Loser
    Big big big western buff but I actually never liked The Magnificent Seven and would rather see some new and original western movies. Hopefully it will be great  though. Happy that they atleast are making some kind of westerns than none at all.
  • Razor
    A remake of a remake. Cool.
  • Max
    I'd rather see the Top Gun sequel. At least it'd be something original.

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