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