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Vincent D’Onofrio may have once played the good guy, but he harbors no worries whatsoever that he’s now been typecast as quite the opposite. Gone are those Law & Order days as D’Onofrio is trekking out west for Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. And if the ‘villainous’ descriptor in the title didn’t give it away; he’s not going to be one of that titular crew.
The Magnificent Seven was originally ushered to the big screen back in 1960 by John Sturges and a starry cast of leading men. For Fuqua’s re-telling it’s believed that the story will unravel after the Civil War, and depict a similar plot about a small town threatened by thugs. When one resident stands up to a crew of drug barons intent on ruining their community, she hires a bounty hunter and his gang to scare them away. »
- Gem Seddon
MGM is in talks with Vincent D'Onofrio to play the main villain in The Magnificent Seven remake. If his deal is finalized, he will join a cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett and Ethan Hawke. No details were given about Vincent D'Onofrio's villainous character.
The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven followed seven gunmen who are hired by a Mexican village to protect them from a villainous warlord. Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz starred as the seven, with Eli Wallach playing the villainous Calvera. The original movie was actually a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Seven Samurai.
Antoine Fuqua is directing from a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto and John Lee Hancock. MGM will oversee production while Sony Pictures will distribute the remake. Both MGM and Sony will split the production costs. Shooting is expected to begin »
Still more news and quotes are coming out from this weekend's PaleyFest panels regarding the two currently airing ("Arrow," "The Flash") and one untitled and in development series on The CW which are based on DC Comics titles.
First up, the in development superhero team-up series has scored a new cast member - Dominic Purcell as Heatwave. Purcell has been guest starring as the villain on "The Flash" alongside his old "Prison Break" co-star Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold.
Both Miller and Purcell are set to be full cast members of this new show which is building an eclectic mix of goodies and baddies out of guest and recurring stars from the other two shows. Producer Greg Berlanti compared the show to ensemble pics like "Ocean's Eleven" and "The Magnificent Seven," saying it's a true ensemble as opposed to the singular heroes of the other two shows.
They're also including »
- Garth Franklin
When the Arrow / Flash Spinoff was first announced back in February, it was revealed that the currently untitled show, which will debut in midseason, will feature Brandon Routh (Atom) and Caity Lotz (possibly her killed-off Black Canary character) from Arrow and Victor Garber (Firestorm) and Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) from The Flash, with Dominic Purcell (Heat Wave) also joining the cast today. The initial announcement revealed that the show will also feature three DC Comics characters who have never been used in a TV series before, but it seems that there are actually four. Series co-creator Greg Berlanti told Variety that these three unspecified heroes will be joined by a mysterious villain, who has also never been portrayed on the small screen. Here's what he had to say below.
"(We're) making sure that the villain that we have on that show is distinct too... another big character who hasn't been used yet. »
Last month, it was announced that The CW is to extend its DC output with a spin-off show from Arrow and The Flash, which will feature the likes of Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold) and Caity Lotz, who portrayed Sara Lance/Black Canary on Arrow.
At PaleyFest this past weekend, Variety caught up with producer Greg Berlanti, who offered up a few words on the thinking behind the new spin-off series:
“For us, first and foremost, with all of [our shows], it’s about ‘how is it its own thing?’ Because we don’t just want to do it to do it. Some people do that and then they’re three episodes in, thinking, ‘Why did we do this?’ So for me, I compare the shows to old Westerns; we have a lot of lone gunmen and sheriffs in town, »
- Gary Collinson
The CW’s proposed Arrow and The Flash spinoff series is generating a lot early buzz thanks to its super-powered creative team. The series, slated for a midseason debut, proposes to be a gigantic mashup of DC’s most beloved comic characters, and has a wealth of experienced names shepherding it to the small screen.
Specific story details have been kept under wraps since its announcement. However, Berlanti recently took time out of his schedule to discuss the show with EW. His comments suggest we’re in for something brand new:
“For me, it honors all of the great team up movies, whether it’s Ocean’s Eleven or whether it’s the superhero books. That’s what it’s about. If you go back to the old westerns, »
- Gem Seddon
Ahead of returns for both The Flash and Arrow this week, Greg Berlanti recently sat down with Variety to discuss the CW franchise's much-talked about mystery spin-off. When asked to outline the series' tone, Berlanti claimed the show would be “most similar to [the] crossover episodes, where you feel that ‘event-iness,’ but all the time.” Comparing The Flash and Arrow to old Westerns full of 'lone gunmen', Berlanti revealed the spin-off would have more of an emphasis on crossing-over elements. "This one is very much an ode to things like ‘The Magnificent Seven’ or those great heist pics like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’," he said, "where you get all of those colors at the same time, and a true ensemble". Berlanti also teased a few of the new faces joining the CW superhero universe. So far, it's been confirmed that three new DC Comics characters will be appearing in the show. Discussing »
DC Comics’ Justice League may be a few years away from fruition on the bigscreen, but the comicbook publisher is steadily building a powerful roster of superhero shows on TV. The CW’s hit “Arrow” has already spawned an equally successful spinoff in “The Flash,” and now executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim are looking to further cement their empire with another super-powered offshoot, this time taking characters from “Arrow” and “The Flash” and combining them in an epic team-up series. The spinoff will be produced by the trio, along with Sarah Schechter.
Berlanti — who is also exec producing CBS’ “Supergirl” series with Kreisberg, Schechter and Ali Adler — told Variety that the new show is designed to be “most similar to our crossover episodes, where you feel that ‘event-iness,’ but all the time.”
“For us, first and foremost, with all of [our shows], it’s about ‘how is it its own thing? »
- Laura Prudom
This may not be 100 percent accurate, but if you cover the TV industry, hardly a week seems to go by without producer-writer Greg Berlanti having a pilot picked up. The "Everwood" and "Brothers and Sisters" veteran has most recently been working to expand the presence of the DC Comics Universe on The CW. "Arrow" launched in 2012 and immediately became on of The CW's foundational hits. "The Flash" was loosely spun out of "Arrow" this season and has become the sort of breakout smash The CW has been search for years, reliably topping some of its competition on other networks. And it was only a couple weeks ago that it was announced that Berlanti and his team are developing an elaborate "Arrow"/"Flash" spinoff featuring a slew of characters from both shows, including Brandon Routh's Atom, Victor Garber's Firestorm and Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold. On the PaleyFest 2015 purple »
- Daniel Fienberg
Lake Forrest Entertainment and The Exchange have joined forces to provide financing for a new biopic on Hollywood action icon Steve McQueen. The project, currently titled McQueen, has already attracted the interest of director James Gray (The Immigrant) and stars such as Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling and Jeremy Renner. The production companies are currently seeking a screenwriter at this time.
The project will be partially based on Marshall Terrill's 2010 biography Steve McQueen: The Life And Legend Of A Hollywood Icon. The book chronicles the actor's entire life, from his childhood in Indiana throughout his Hollywood career and his death in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico at the age of 50, from a heart attack after an experimental cancer surgery. The actor, whose hit movies include The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and Bullitt, just to name a few, was one of the first in Hollywood to explore alternative cancer treatments. The »
The Hollywood idol came from a troubled childhood, but by the ’70s McQueen was one of the highest paid movie stars. He appeared in a plethora of iconic films, such as Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and The Towering Inferno. He was a fast car and motorbike enthusiastic, a bit of a Lothario, and also he was allegedly on Charles Manson’s hit list, so there should be lots going on for viewers.
Source: Deadline »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The Thomas Crown Affair. Bullitt, The Getaway. Grand Prix. The Towering Inferno. The Great Escape. The Magnificent Seven. Papillon. Every film a classic and every one of them starring Steve McQueen. Thirty-five years after his untimely death at the age of fifty, the world will finally be getting the biopic of one of the greatest movie stars in Hollywood history. The announcement comes via Lake Forest Entertainment and The Exchange have teamed up to finance the film which will be titled »
- Alex Maidy
Teresa Wright-Samuel Goldwyn association comes to a nasty end (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Film.") Whether or not because she was aware that Enchantment wasn't going to be the hit she needed – or perhaps some other disagreement with Samuel Goldwyn or personal issue with husband Niven Busch – Teresa Wright, claiming illness, refused to go to New York City to promote the film. (Top image: Teresa Wright in a publicity shot for The Men.) Goldwyn had previously announced that Wright, whose contract still had another four and half years to run, was to star in a film version of J.D. Salinger's 1948 short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut." Instead, he unceremoniously – and quite publicly – fired her. The Goldwyn organization issued a statement, explaining that besides refusing the assignment to travel to New York to help generate pre-opening publicity for Enchantment, »
- Andre Soares
Director Antoine Fuqua is having a bit of a nostalgia fest at the moment. Not only has he resurrected The Magnificent Seven and recruited old buddy Denzel Washington to take the lead, he’s now approaching Ethan Hawke about sharing the screen with Washington again.
The pair memorably appeared in Fuqua’s Training Day (2001) and Hawke went on to star in the helmer’s Brooklyn’s Finest (2010). Presumably the idea is to recreate the chemistry between original actors Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner.
They’ll be riding the range with Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. John Hancock has written the script, which is an adaptation of an adaptation – the source material being Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
Four movies were made out of the Magnificent Seven concept, so MGM clearly have sequels in mind. Fuqua appears to be hitching his wagon to the franchise market of late – his last high-profile »
- Steve Palace
Ethan Hawke is re-teaming with his "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua and "Training Day" co-star Denzel Washington for the upcoming "The Magnificent Seven" remake, which also Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) on board. "The Magnificent Seven" is a remake of the 1960 film, which was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic "Seven Samurai." The original version starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as a group of disparate gunmen who come together to protect a Mexican village from bandits led by Eli Wallach. The new film will be about a victimized mining town, taken over by a gold baron. The script was originally written by Nic Pizzolatto ("True Detective") and then re-written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). »
Director John Sturges' classic 1960 Western "The Magnificent Seven" will be remade as a big screen MGM Western by director Antoine Fuqua. Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Haley Bennett are the first cast members to be announced. The original film was based on another classic, director Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai". For decades, MGM has been trying to launch a remake of the film but the closest the studio came was with a moderately successful TV series. At various times, names like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise had been linked to remakes that never bore fruit. The first movie spawned three big screen sequels between 1966 and 1972. At the time it premiered, the only big name stars in the cast were Yul Brynner and Eli Wallach. However, the success of the movie helped launch supporting actors Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn to full-fledged leading man status. German »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The original John Sturges-directed The Magnificent Seven had an absolutely stacked cast. Playing the titular group, the western brought together the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and James Coburn. That obviously gives the upcoming Antoine Fuqua-directed remake quite a standard to live up to, but the film is well on its way to making something. well, magnificent. News has come down from Variety that yet another big name has joined the Magnificent Seven cast . so we figured we.d shine a spotlight on this rapidly growing, awesome ensemble. The film still isn.t done adding big names, but here.s who is on board so far: When Antoine Fuqua first signed on to direct The Magnificent Seven last summer, it only took a matter of days before he was able to convince Denzel Washington to go on the adventure »
The Oscar nominee will star in the remake of the 1960 Western classic alongside Denzel Washington.
The movie tells the story of a woman who hires seven gunfighters to protect her village from marauding bandits.
Roger Birnbaum is to produce the new film, which has been in the works since 2012. »
Variety reports that Boyhood‘s Ethan Hawke has entered the final stages of negotiations for a role in MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. Should he lock down the part, we’ll be in for a full-blown Training Day reunion, as his collaborators on the 2001 cop thriller – Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington – are already on board to direct and star, respectively.
Hawke now stands to appear alongside man of the moment, Chris Pratt, who signed on back in December, and The Equalizer‘s Haley Bennett, who recently snagged the female lead. The matter of who Hawke will be playing is under lock and key, but logic suggests he may be one of the titular seven.
With regards to the story, very little has been revealed so far. We know that the movie will remake John Sturges’ 1960 original, and, like that classic it will concentrate on a small town whose »
- Gem Seddon
Nearly 14 years after making Training Day with star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua, Ethan Hawke is reuniting with both the actor and filmmaker in MGM's The Magnificent Seven remake. Variety reports that Ethan Hawke is in final negotiations to join the cast, which also includes Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. No details were given for Ethan Hawke's character.
The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as seven gunmen hired by a Mexican fishing village to protect them from the villainous Calvera (Eli Wallach). Director John Sturges' film was itself a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's beloved 1954 classic Seven Samurai. This new version will be set in a gold mining town, with Haley Bennett playing a widow who hires seven gunman to protect her town from a gold baron and his thugs. »
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