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It seems like Chris Pratt is going to add another famous franchise to his filmography because he is currently in talks to join the cast of The Magnificent Seven remake. Denzel Washington is already attached to the film set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). Talks are still very early -- Pratt would be the second to join the group of seven.
Magnificent Seven centered on a group of American gunslingers tasked with the job of protecting a small Mexican village from a group of criminals. What really made the movie cool is that it starred actors like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, who would go on to become major movie stars after the release of the film. »
- Laura Frances
The library title, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai, was recently revised by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote a previous version. Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, The Equalizer), who previously acknowledged the influence of spaghetti westerns on his approach to making violent, anti-heroes/gunmen films, is attached to direct.
The latest rework centres upon seven gunmen who come together in the post-Civil War Wild West to help a poor village against a band of savage thieves.
- Sacha Hall
Chris Pratt is circling a role in MGM’s remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven, according to Deadline. Pratt will join Denzel Washington who is already attached to the project. Pratt is hot property in Hollywood now, being fresh off The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy, and with Jurassic World up next.
The studio has previously tried to make The Magnificent Seven a few years back with Tom Cruise starring and a script from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. John Lee Hannock was then brought on board to re-write, and the film is going ahead with Antoine Fuqua directing.
The Magnificent Seven was released in 1960 and starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronsan and others as gunslingers who protect a Mexican village from attackers. It is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
As of yet the remake has no official release date, but »
- Thomas Roach
Chris Pratt became a movie star this year, and now his name is a major deal when it becomes attached to any project (not that it wasn't before, but for studios, it comes with a bigger, well-deserved asking price). Assuming Jurassic World is a hit, he could become an even bigger star with two successful franchises (three if you count The Lego Movie), but if that film flops at the box office or he loses some momentum (Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn't due out until 2017), that could mean fewer opportunities. So the savvy move is to get plenty of projects while he can, and he's already signed on to star in the adaptation of the comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking. Now it looks like he's taken a shine to the "cowboy" part, because he's in talks to join Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven. For »
- Matt Goldberg
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is in early talks to join Denzel Washington in MGM's remake of The Magnificent Seven. While the actor's character isn't being modeled after any original characters from the 1960 Western classic The Magnificent Seven, he will play a character named Farraday, if his deal goes through. The talks are in early stages at this point.
The 1960 film The Magnificent Seven, directed by John Sturges, was loosely inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The story follows seven gunmen who are hired by a small Mexican village to protect them from from a nefarious tyrant named Calvera (Eli Wallach). Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz played the gunmen. The original spawned the sequels Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966), Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) and The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972), although none of the follow-ups featured the entire original cast. »
After becoming one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, it looks like Chris Pratt might join another ensemble of heroes as Deadline reports the breakout star is in early talks to join the remake of The Magnificent Seven set up at MGM. Last we head about the project, The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua was mulling over an offer to reteam with Denzel Washington on the project, and it appears as if those two talents are still involved. The original 160 film from John Sturges was a western, and this new version seems to keep that mostly in line as the story takes place after the Civil War, near the tale end of the Wild West era. Read on! The story focuses on a group of seven skilled gunmen who assemble to protect a small town, though this new group isn't specifically modeled on te original characters (Pratt would play a guy »
- Ethan Anderton
It's been a busy couple of years for rising star and ab model Chris Pratt. He's toiled in government work on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," listened to a Walkman in space in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," will soon tangle with T-Rexes in "Jurassic World," and then suit up for the more than one hero role in "Cowboy Ninja Viking." But something we haven't yet seen him do is don a stetson and a six-shooter. Will he be able to pull off the cowboy look in the upcoming remake of "The Magnificent Seven"? Pratt is in talks to join the film, which already stars Denzel Washington, and is being directed by "Training Day's" Antoine Fuqua, according to Deadline. MGM has been trying to get the film rolling for some time. At one point, Tom Cruise was attached to the film, but he exited late last year. Roger Birnbaum is on board as producer. »
- Dave Lewis
Deadline is reporting that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is now in talks with MGM to join the Antoine Fuqua-directed remake of The Magnificent Seven, which already has Denzel Washington in the lead role.
Though the actor’s discussions with the studio are only in the early stages, he’s apparently eyeing one of the titular gunmen. For those unfamiliar with the original John Sturges-directed pic, it focused on a group of seven expert gunmen who are tasked to protect a small town from bandits. Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson starred in the 1960 version and it is widely considered to be a classic.
For the remake, Roger Birnbaum will be producing with a script from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto that has since been re-written by John Lee Hancock. No word yet on who the studio has their eye on for the other five gunmen, »
- Matt Joseph
A remake itself of Akira Kurosawa's far more acclaimed "Seven Samurai," the 1960 original starred the likes of Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen in the story of seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Major Us broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
Us pay-tv networks have recently found success with the likes of Fargo and Teen Wolf, and have lined up further adaptations of Scream (MTV), Twelve Monkeys (Syfy), Shutter Island (HBO) and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (Starz).
Traditional networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW - are now getting involved and have struck deals for adaptations of well-known films including Big, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate, as well as more niche films such as John Ritter’s Problem Child and Val Kilmer’s Real Genius.
The networks have ordered scripts for the 20-plus adaptations and will decide which projects to pilot by January. Those taken to series will likely be ordered in May for an autumn 2015 launch.
UK consultancy firm Tape monitors the Us development process for a number of UK broadcasters »
Hollywood — "Birdman" stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton popped into the Egyptian Theatre Saturday morning for a conversation on acting in tandem with the on-going AFI Fest. It was an enlightening and at times heady discussion on the particulars of being an actor in show business and of course the unique opportunity of Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film. Early talk circled around each actor's introduction to the business and the moment when it clicked. Keaton, the youngest of seven (though he says nine, as his mother miscarried twice), grew up outside of Pittsburgh and wasn't discouraged at all from being a dreamer. He made his way to Hollywood with maybe $300 in his pocket after doing the comedy circuit in New York, hitting venues like the Improv and Catch a Rising Star and, on the west coast, The Comedy Store and Second City workshops. "You parked cars and tried to figure it out, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Ahead of Interstellar's launch, here's a selection of 10 underappreciated sci-fi films about space travel...
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar wears many of its influences proudly. The director has openly said that his film is inspired by such acclaimed pieces of cinema as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, as well as the human warmth of Steven Spielberg's 80s output. Interstellar depicts a near future where life on Earth teeters on the brink of extinction. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former test pilot turned farmer, joins a last-ditch mission to enter a wormhole in space and find a new home for humanity; he realises that the only way to save his family is to leave it behind.
It's the latest film to tap into our fascination with the depths of space - a topic that has been explored many times since the earliest days of cinema. »
Tokyo International Film Festival’s ‘Seven Samurai’ directors compared the restrictive studio-controlled filmmaking environment of modern-day Japan to the golden age of Akira Kurosawa at a talk event on Sunday.
For this year’s edition, the festival has selected seven directors, who have achieved a degree of international recognition, to promote Japanese cinema to the world. Three of the seven attended the talk event: Keishi Otomo, who has directed two hit films based on the Rurouni Kenshin manga series; Takashi Yamazaki, whose Parasyte is closing the festival; and Lee Sang-il, whose credits include the Japanese remake of Unforgiven.
The other four ‘Samurai’ are Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions), Eiichiro Hasumi (Umizaru series) and Daihachi Yoshida, whose Pale Moon is the only Japanese film in Tiff’s competition section. The event was followed by a screening of Kurosawa’s 1954 Seven Samurai.
Asked to compare filmmaking in Japan today to the era when Seven Samurai was made, the »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
With Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer hitting theaters this weekend (read Brad's review) and his Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama Southpaw in post-production, it was only a matter of time before Fuqua chose his next project, and it appears he is re-teaming with The Equalizer star Denzel Washington for a remake of The Magnificent Seven. John Sturges' 1960 western is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, so it seems we will have a remake of a remake on our hands here. Concerning The Magnificent Seven, the film follows a band of gunfighters hired to protect a small peasant village. It was nominated for one Oscar, a Best Score nod for Elmer Bernstein (Sweet Smell of Success). As for Fuqua's plan of attack, he couldn't give away any details to MovieWeb, but he did offer this up: My biggest influence is Seven Samurai, that's what I really love. The Magnificent Seven »
- Jordan Benesh
"The Equalizer" and "Olympus Has Fallen" director Antoine Fuqua, out doing press rounds for the former, has confirmed to Movieweb that his upcoming remake of classic western "The Magnificent Seven" will be his next project.
John Sturges helmed the original 1960 film, which itself was based on the Akira Kurosawa 1954 cinematic classic "Seven Samurai". Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz starred in 'Magnificent' as a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits.
The remake will star Denzel Washington as one of the seven, and they're currently seeking actors to play the other six. In regards to the film he says:
"Yeah, that's (The Magnificent Seven) where all of my attention is going. When I get back to L.A., I'll meet the casting team and start to get into it with the producers and everybody next week. »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this week, I had the chance to speak with The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua, and towards the end of our chat, the talk naturally drifted towards other projects he's working on. We reported in May that the filmmaker was attached to direct Narco Sub, which the late Tony Scott was once set to direct, that centers on illegal submersible ships used by cartels to smuggle narcotics. Just a few days later, we also reported that Antoine Fuqua is re-teaming with The Equalizer star Denzel Washington on The Magnificent Seven remake.
"No, Narco Sub, it doesn't look like I'm going to do it."
Antoine Fuqua is a filmmaker I have always admired and respected, not only for his skill behind the camera, but for the diversity of projects he undertakes. After cutting his teeth by directing a number of iconic music videos in the 1990s, including Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise," Prince's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and Toni Braxton's "Another Sad Love Song," Antoine Fuqua transitioned into features with The Replacement Killers and Bait before his breakout hit Training Day, where he directed Denzel Washington to a Best Actor Oscar.
From there, he took on a number of vastly different films such as the war drama Tears of the Sun, the medieval epic King Arthur, the grounded action-packed adaptation Shooter (which I still think is vastly underrated), the urban crime drama Brooklyn's Finest and last year's big-budget action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
San Sebastian – At Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian to accept a career-achievement Donostia Award and present, alongside Antoine Fuqua, Sony Pictures’ fest opener, “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington denied any idea of playing President Barack Obama.
“Barack Obama is a story that hasn’t finished yet. It’s not something I’m thinking about, and he’s busy. said Washinton, dressed casually in a dark grey jacket and looking very young for his 59 years.
But Washington did set something of a roadmap of future plans. He will not topline “Shovel Ready,” a Warner Bros. adaptation of a debut novel by journalist Adam Sterbergh., he said Friday at a San Sebastian press conference.
It’s too early to call, he argued when asked by Variety, if he would star in “The Equalizer” sequel. »
- John Hopewell
It's like Star Wars, but refracted through a strange lens. Here's Han Solo, but he's green, like the Toxic Avenger, and has gills. Here's Luke Skywalker, but he's a powerful general with a white beard and a flinty look in his eye.
All this can be found in what is now commonly called The Rough Draft of The Star Wars, originally written by George Lucas back in 1974. A kind of mid-point between the somewhat vague ideas Lucas first had for his space fantasy movie earlier in the decade, and the fourth draft - which was used as the shooting script for the 1977 film - The Star Wars is a jarring document from the franchise's early history.
Antoine Fuqua didn't reveal any other details about the project, but in an interview with Variety the director did confirm he will be teaming up with his The Equalizer star Denzel Washington for a remake of John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven. A remake of The Magnificent Seven has been in the works for years, and the last writer to take a stab at the script for it was The Blind Side and The Alamo scribe John Lee Hancock. It's not clear if Antoine Fuqua will direct »
- Jesse Giroux
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