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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • 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.

Tom Cruise-Led 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Moves Forward With New Writer

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 10, 2012 10:37 AM
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If Tom Cruise can play Jack Reacher, then he can play just about anyone. That was presumably the logic that went into the decision to give the okay to remake “The Magnigicent Seven” (itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” of course) in which Cruise will (presumably) be taking on the lead role first occupied by Yul Brynner. We voiced our concerns back when the project was first announced that without a smattering of other A-Listers this could fast become “The Magnificent One And His Six Friends,” but our concerns have no impact on MGM who look to be moving forward at a brisk pace with the project.

Tom Cruise To Star In Remake Of 'The Magnificent Seven' For MGM

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 7:21 PM
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"The Seven Samurai" is, as we recounted not long ago, a film that has been ripped-off and remade many times before. But the most famous of them is "The Magnificent Seven," the 1960 John Sturges Western that took Akira Kurosawa's classic and moved it to the Old West, for the story of a Mexican village who hire seven gunfighters to defend them from bandits. As a remake itself, it would seem to be fair game for a new version, but while new takes on, say, "The Wild Bunch" have been discussed, there's surprisingly been little word on a potential re-do of Sturges' film, despite the high-drama premise and potential star-power it could draw.

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