Denzel Washington Rumored for Lead in 'Magnificent Seven' Remake
The remake train keeps on plugging away for better or worse. We've heard that there was a gestating remake of the classic The Magnificent Seven, which in itself is a remake of Seven Samurai, and Tom Cruise was attached back in 2012. However, it sounds like the actor has since moved on, because The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua has been mulling over an offer from MGM to direct the film. It's not clear if he's officially on board, but Schmoes Know reports that he's already taken the job, and he's already trying to get Denzel Washington on board to lead. It makes sense following their work on Training Day and The Equalizer.
This is just one in a long line of remakes for MGM following Red Dawn and RoboCop, not to mention Poltergeist and Road House on the way. The Magnificent Seven would be new territory for both Fuqua and Washington, who haven't ventured into straight-up western territory before, so that sounds pretty promising. We're inclined to believe this rumor because Schmoes Know turned out to be right on the money when it comes to Tom Hardy being lined up to join Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, so they've clearly got some sort of good inside source. But the question remains as to whether or not Washington will be interested. The good news is the script originally comes from Nic Pozzolatto of "True Detective" with a rewrite from John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), so this sounds like a solid collaboration all around.