Chances are if you were born after the mid-'80s and you're not a film geek, you're probably not familiar with John Sturges' Western drama The Magnificent Seven. The 1960 film starred some of the biggest names of the day including Steven McQueen, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner, James Coburn and Eli Wallach. If you don't recognize any of those names, surely (hopefully) you recognize Elmer Bernstein's iconic score.
The film itself is a remake of Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa's acclaimed The Seven Samurai, itself marked for a possible remake.
Fast forward 50-plus years now and MGM has announced that Tom Cruise is attached to star in a remake of Sturges' film. Granted, this remake doesn't have a director or script, so it will be a while before we see this film arrive in theaters.
MGM has been busy remaking classic films lately. Remakes for RoboCop, WarGames, Death Wish, Carrie and Poltergeist are all in some stage of development.
Cruise certainly has a busy schedule with three more films due out this year – Rock of Ages, One Shot and Oblivion. After that, there's All You Need Is Kill, Top Gun 2 and Mission: Impossible 5 as well as numerous projects he's attached to including Universal's Van Helsing reboot, a buddy pic with Robert Downey Jr., a reprisal of Les Grossman in a Tropic Thunder spin-off, and a re-teaming with Ben Stiller for The Hardy Men.
Would Cruise be able to fit a Western into that laundry list of upcoming projects? He was originally attached to 3:10 to Yuma, before Russell Crowe and Christian Bale ended up with the starring roles. He was also attached to a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid remake that would have teamed him with John Travolta. That project has since fallen by the wayside. It seems Cruise is certainly interested in a Western role.
The question now is who will come aboard to direct, who will write the script, who will play the Eli Wallach Mexican bandit role, and who will play the other six members of the Magnificent Seven?