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The 44-year-old is considering an undisclosed role in Warner Bros.' forthcoming movie, which will be set in the present day.
Smith will co-produce the movie under his Overbook Company along with Warner Bros. and they are currently searching for a new writer and director, reports contactmusic.com.
- Machan Kumar
Actor confirmed for update of Sam Peckinpah's iconic film, reportedly featuring DEA agent on tail of Mexican drug baron
Will Smith is set to star in a modern-day remake of The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah's classic tale of a gang of ageing outlaws organising one last heist in the dying days of the American old west, reports the Wrap.
A new version of Peckinpah's iconic western has been gestating in Hollywood for almost a decade. The late British director Tony Scott was at one point tipped to direct, with End of Watch's David Ayer having previously been in the hot seat. The latter's idea for a contemporary remake set in Mexico and featuring firefights between CIA agents and drug cartels appears to have survived the long pre-production process. The new take is said to follow a disgraced DEA agent who assembles a team to go after a »
- Ben Child
The original film was set in 1913, and starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates as a band of outlaws in the final days of the wild west. Smith’s modern version would be a lot different. Instead of being one of the outlaws, Smith would be one on a team of DEA agents who assemble to take on a Mexican drug cartel.
Smith plans to co-produce through his Overbook company. He and Warner Bros. are on the hunt for a writer and director.
Smith can next be see in After Earth, which lands on June 7.
Source: The Wrap »
- Laura Frances
Will Smith: The Wild Bunch remake (photo: Will Smith in After Earth) Will Smith has been mentioned in connection with Focus, the caper tale that was to have starred Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart, and is to star in Edward Zwick’s Hurricane Katrina drama The American Can. But that’s not all. His producing company is working on a remake of the Broadway musical Annie — which got a less-than-satisfactory screen version back in 1982 — and apparently he wants to revive The Wild Bunch as well. Set during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s, Sam Peckinpah’s ultra-violent 1969 classic Western features William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, and other movie veterans as a group of outlaws fleeing from Robert Ryan while out to do one last job in war-torn northern Mexico. The Will Smith The Wild Bunch reboot, however, is to be set in the present, though the perilous »
- Zac Gille
Will Smith is in talks to star in and produce a modern remake of the Western The Wild Bunch for Warner Bros. If a deal is finalized, he will produce alongside Jerry Weintraub, who the actor-producer worked with on the 2010 The Karate Kid remake.
Sam Peckinpah directed the original classic The Wild Bunch, which starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, and Edmond O'Brien as a group of aging outlaws who plan one final score on the Texas-Mexico border. The reboot will be set in present day, and focus on a crooked DEA agent who puts a team together to go after a Mexican drug lord's fortune.
Back in January 2011, The Wild Bunch was mentioned as one of several titles Warner Bros. was looking to remake, along with Lethal Weapon and The Dirty Dozen. Tony Scott was in talks with the studio in August 2011 to direct the project, before »
Will Smith is looking to star in and produce a contemporary remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1969 western classic The Wild Bunch. A remake of The Wild Bunch was set into motion couple of years ago, and at one point, the late Tony Scott was going to direct it.
I'm not sure if this new version that Smith is looking to do is the same project or not. I'm not sure if I like the fact it's going to be a contemporary remake. I like the old west feel. The original story follows an aging group of outlaws in 1913 looking for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. It starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, and Warren Oates.
The Wrap reports that modern remake involves cartels south of the border, and it's "expected to follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a »
- Joey Paur
Will Smith is setting his sights on a reboot of a classic Western in the near future. Warner Bros. has been developing a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 film The Wild Bunch for a couple of years now, with Tony Scott most recently attached to take the helm. Scott sadly passed away before his iteration of the film could make it to the screen, but Warner Bros. is still keen on getting this thing going and they’re roping in some major star power to move it forward as Will Smith is currently in negotiations to star in and produce the Wild Bunch remake. Hit the jump for more. For those unfamiliar, the original Wild Bunch centered on a group of aging outlaws that were planning one last score on the Texas-Mexico border at the beginning of the 20th century. The pic boasted a stellar ensemble cast that included William Holden, »
- Adam Chitwood
Will Smith is, according to The Wrap , eyeing a leading role in an contemporary remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1969 western classic The Wild Bunch . He would also likely come aboard the project as a producer. Set in 1913, the original film starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O'Brien, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates as a band of outlaws in the final days of the wild west. The new version would follow a team of DEA agents who assemble to take on a Mexican drug cartel. Smith, who last summer headlined Men in Black 3 , can be seen starring opposite his son, Jaden Smith, in the upcoming After Earth . He's also set to play a supporting role in Akiva Goldsman's directorial debut Winter's Tale , to headline Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's crime romance Focus and to then return »
His first column appeared in April 1963 and he would become the doyen of UK film critics. Having announced he will soon file his last column, he talks about meeting Chaplin, and Hollywood's greatest canine actors
Philip French's international reputation as a film critic is unrivalled. As recently as February, after a career with the Observer that began in 1963, an American film journal rated him as Britain's "greatest living movie analyst". But at the end of August he is to file his last column as this newspaper's film critic. After an illustrious half century, French, who was honoured with an OBE in January, has decided to step down following his 80th birthday the same month.
In his first column for the Observer, he bemoaned the lack of British films offering a believable picture of criminathe underworld. He noted "the tired vignettes of sub-Runyon characters" in The Small World of Sammy Lee starring Anthony Newley. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
1973’s Badlands marked the first feature film from writer/director Terrence Malick and it squarely put him on the path to his current cinematic sainthood. Over a forty year career and a scant six feature films — three more are on the way — Malick has established a well deserved mystique as the closest thing America has produced to a true European style auteur. Frankly, no one else is even close. Ironically, one could make a case that the artistic influence of this Oklahoma farm boy has its deepest resonance far beyond America’s shores. Directors such as Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylon and Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas reverently evoke Malick’s pantheistic zen, while Thailand’s Apitchapong Weerasathakul’s slow, stately dolly shots of weeds and bushes make him perhaps Malick’s most direct artistic descendent.
Back in the U.S., the cult of Malick has grown to such glowing stature »
- David Anderson
I had the pleasure of meeting novelist/screenwriter Alan Sharp while preparing the production notes for the 1983 Sam Peckinpah movie "The Osterman Weekend," which was to be the director's last. While that film did not mark either man's finest hour, Sharp was one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriters; he specialized in muscular western noir. He died last weekend at the age of 78 after a long illness. Born in Scotland, after writing a series of novels, Sharp wrote the screenplays for Peter Fonda's 1971 follow-up to "Easy Rider," "The Hired Hand," co-starring Fonda and Warren Oates; Robert Aldrich western "Ulzana's Raid" (1972), starring Burt Lancaster; Arthur Penn's iconic private eye thriller "Night Moves" (1975), starring Gene Hackman and Melanie Griffith; and Michael Caton-Jones' 1995 Highland outlaw epic "Rob Roy," starring Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange. Sharp also directed the »
- Anne Thompson
A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the month of January.
Effects guru Robert Hall’s semi-autobiographical film about a small town teen (Reaper's Bret Harrison) who has aspirations to become a special effects artist. An opportunity to manage the town’s local haunted house is thwarted by his alcoholic stepfather and the staunchly religious views of the surrounding population. The solid supporting cast includes That 70’s Show’s Laura Prepon, Hellraiser’s Ashely Lawrence and Kevin Gage. Written and directed by Hall, it’s an affectionate coming-of-age drama that works in spite of an uneven narrative that falls apart in the final half hour. Hopefully this new extended cut will remedy the scripting problems of the original release.
Special Features include:
* Never-before-released extended cut of the film.
* Making-of Featurette
* Audio commentaries with the writer/director and cast. »
- Bradley Harding
By Allen Gardner
Killer Joe (Lionsgate) William Friedkin’s film of Tracy Letts’ off-Broadway hit about a family of Texas trailer park cretins (Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon) who hire a cop-cum-hitman (Matthew McConaughey) to take out their troublesome mother, then foolishly cross him, is a stinging satire, given double-barreled audacity by Friedkin’s sure, and fearless, directorial hand. Earning its Nc-17 rating in spades, “Killer Joe” reminds us that daring, frank material like this is why movies exist in the first place. McConaughey gives the performance of his career, hopefully redefined after this. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes; Commentary by Friendkin; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.) Christopher Nolan’s coda to his “Batman” trilogy finds Christian Bale returning as a brooding Bruce Wayne/Caped Crusader, this time faced with a hulking villain (Tom Hardy) with respiratory »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
It's strange seeing the Universal Studios logo pop up at the head of Two-Lane Blacktop. The idea of a studio backing a movie like this is certainly a thing of the past. It was a time when "New Hollywood" films like Easy Rider and Vanishing Point piqued the interest of both audiences and studio execs, paving the way for an existential, countercultural brand of independent cinema that provided opportunities for filmmakers like Monte Hellman to make great films like Two-Lane Blacktop. Folk singer James Taylor and Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson play 'The Driver' and 'The Mechanic'; two friends whose relationship is built around their obsession with cars and a passion for racing. They frequent underground street racing circuits, regularly blowing opponents off the asphalt with their matte grey, supped up '55 Chevy. Along the way, they cross paths with 'The Girl' (Laurie Bird), a young and attractive nomadic hippie »
- Jay C.
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "Frankenweenie" What's It About? Tim Burton's early short film about a boy and his dearly departed-then-resurrected dog gets remade as a black-and-white 3D stop-motion animated feature. See It Because: Tim Burton's output has been wearing thin with audiences for awhile now and as a result, "Frankenweenie" didn't get much of a theatrical reception. Which is a shame because it's really enjoyable and is much more reminiscent of good Burton ("Pee-wee's Big Adventure") than bad Burton ("Alice in Wonderland"). "Frankenweenie" is a cute and clever mix of animal hijinks, goofy kids and lots of homages to classic horror cinema. This is a great watch for any kid who has a soft spot for Halloween. Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Two-Lane Blacktop" (Criterion Collection) What's It About? James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson star as street racers who get caught up »
- Eric Larnick
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