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Denzel Washington Rumored for Lead in 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

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June 5, 2014
Source: Schmoes Know

Denzel Washington

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.

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  • Bo
    Well, I don't know about this. Might be a good idea to let the iconic original rest in peace. I was in the 10th grade when this came out and my buddies and I were blown away. McQueen stole the show as they say. And deservedly so as he was really very good. Then there was Charles Bronson, James Coburn just as they were about to break out like McQueen. And Eli Wallich as the Mexican bandit leader; great performance. But who knows? Washington could play the Yul Bryner role probably better. I'm the only soul alive who liked Fuqua's Tears of the Sun with Bruce Willis. He handled that ensemble cast of guys very well so he could certainly do the same with the seven in this picture. I just don't think it'll have much success as Westerns aren't popular anymore. Too bad, but I sure enjoyed some to the great ones while I grew up and am grateful for that. I would certainly go see this, but I can't imagine any of the young guys who like their heroes flying around in iron man suits and spider man costumes checking this remake out. Pity, as it's a great story.
  • DAVIDPD
    Yeah. I would be down.

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