'Magnificent Seven' Remake Continues With New Writer, But Loses Tom Cruise

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by Kevin Jagernauth
December 26, 2013 10:00 AM
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MGM are leaving no stone unturned in their catalogue when it comes to remakes. With "Robocop" and "Poltergeist" on the way for 2014, and "Road House," "Death Wish," "WarGames," "The Idolmaker," "Ben-Hur" and more all in development, the name of game seems to reboots over original material. And that brings us to the classic western "The Magnificent Seven." In the works for a couple years now, the project gained some serious steam when Tom Cruise put his name to it in 2012, with a writer added over this past summer. But heading into 2014, the redo will need to find another star as a screenplay gets more work.

The Wrap reports that John Lee Hancock ("The Blind Side," "Saving Mr. Banks") has been brought in to re-write the first draft of the script by Nic Pizzolatto ("True Detective"). For now, it's just a writing gig for Hancock who has no plans to direct, but with credits to his name including "The Alamo," "Snow White & The Huntsman" and next year's "Maleficent," he knows his way around spectacle. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise has exited the project mostly because his plate is currently full with about five zillion other movies on the go, so he could probably do with one less.

So the remake machine continues on this project, and we'll ask you this: who do you think can direct or star in this movie and at least attempt to do justice to the original?

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3 Comments

  • Jamie | December 27, 2013 11:42 AMReply

    The original Magnificent Seven as well as the original Seven Samurai are among my favorite movies. Considering the material Cruise is no great loss. I hope they do it straight with a great script. The material deserves that much respect. A great cast of excellent actors known or unknown would be welcome.

  • LedByTheUnknown | December 26, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    There was a wonderful Magnificent Seven tv show in the late 90's early 2000's why not get thoes guys. They are awesome and I bet willing. They loved playing teh characters

  • spoilerdirector | December 26, 2013 10:11 AMReply

    Maybe they'll go the Ocean's 11 route and make it into more of a goof. In fact you could get Damon, Pitt, Clooney, Cheadle, etc. and it would do a billion at the global box office.

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