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Will Smith in Talks to Star in and Produce Remake of 'The Wild Bunch'

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May 14, 2013
Source: The Wrap

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With the hopeful blockbuster sci-fi After Earth bringing Will Smith back to theaters for summer, this time with his quickly maturing son Jaden Smith, the international superstar is already getting his next project together. The Wrap has learned that Smith is currently in talks to star in and produce a contemporary remake of the classic 1969 western The Wild Bunch set up at Warner Bros. The Karate Kid remake producer Jerry Weintraub would also produce with Smith, working from his Overbrook Entertainment banner. However, it sounds like the story won't really be much of a traditional western anymore. Read on!

While the original film followed a group of aging outlaws that plan one last job on the Texas-Mexico border as the traditional American West disappears around them in 1913, this remake will follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune. Again, this is just evidence of a studio needing a recognizable title in order to draw in certain audiences. Weintraub has been trying to get this project off the ground at Warner Bros. for years, and most recently Tony Scott was developing the project with L.A. Confidential scribe Brian Helgeland before the director passed away.

Right now a new writer is being so we're not sure how soon this project will get off the ground. The last time Smith ventured into western territory, it was with the abysmal Wild Wild West, but this remake doesn't really feel like a traditional western anyway. Smith almost took to the old frontier recently when he was courted for Django Unchained, but that never came to fruition as Jamie Foxx ended up taking the lead. Smith has the heist film Focus in his future and also the Hurricane Katrina drama American Can on the way, not to mention producing that new Annie, so he's still as busy as ever. Stay tuned for anymore updates.

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  • Cody W
    Omg, they are going to fuck up TWB too....COME ON!!!!!! Watch it will be PG-13 too...ugh fuck you hollywood FUCK YOU!
  • Tits
    This is just fucking wrong
  • Brian Sleider
    No thanks
  • Happy camper
    I didnt think Will Smith could make me want to puke more... O wait is his whole family in it too?
  • son_et_lumiere
    oh come on. a truly groundbreaking film not only about the end of the line for ageing outlaws, but also much more broadly about the end of the old West, gets a contemporary update and a desultory logline, both of which make it seem like a dull, standard revenge plot. Peckinpah would have had Smith for breakfast.
  • DAVIDPD
    No thanks. Pass.
  • Charlie Hard
    Every genre of films has been done to death. Every single plot line and twist has been repeated over and over. Face it people, originality is far gone. Nothing is the same anymore.
  • Charlie Hard
    Funny thing, isn't this the third or fifth film from the same director to get a remake treatment? Man that sucks to know your original material is getting thrown around like that.
  • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah
    Is this Smith's attempt at make-up sex for turning down the incredible western Django? Too late buddy. A remake doesn't cut it.
  • The Truth
    He did The Wild Wild West, this movie will suck! I know it will be PG-13 because he doesn't do heavy violence or nude scene which is probably why he didn't court for Django.
    • https://www.facebook.com/asabere.akwasi Akwasi Asabere
      Bad Boys 1 and 2 were pretty violent movies.and Rated R. Have faith my friend.
  • si1ver
    Overcompensation for missing out on Django?
  • Ryan Adams
    Bunch Gone Wild.
  • http://www.jimmylove.com/ Jimmy Love
    "Aww HELL No Sheriff...wheres my gun, Ima bust you upside your head."
    • mistermysteryguest
      "Nowthaswhatimtalkinbout!"
  • Violence and/or nudity
    So far Will Smith hasn't really been in an ensemble movie. In all of his movies since he became really famous,he was the star,so I wonder how he will do in a movie where there are other big stars. Now Smith,if you want that Oscar,we want 2 things. Very violent and baddie role(No,hancock doesn't count) and nudity (not necessarily yours but most importantly women) . I know truth hurts but ask Denzel,that's the only route. He paved the way,they expect the same from you too
  • mistermysteryguest
    Bleh.

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