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Tom Cruise attached to Magnificent Seven remake

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 3

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Cruise is reportedly attached to a remake of classic Western The Magnificent Seven.

According to Variety, the film is only in the earliest stages of development by MGM and has no director on board as yet. Indeed, the distributor has only just started its search for a writer.

John Sturges’ 1960 Western was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai and starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz as a group of gunmen who were hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of bandits led by Calvera (Eli Wallach).

There has been rumours of a remake before but this is the first time the plan has gained any real traction… although sources cited by Variety insist that any film is still a long way off and is not in Cruise’s immediate plans – although the actor has apparently long been interested in taking part in a remake of the film.

That said, he is incredibly busy. He’ll next be seen in a musical adaptation of Rock of Ages as well as an adaptation of Lee Child’s thriller novel One Shot, which is due for US release in December.

He’s also now filming Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion and has already lined up All You Need Is Kill as his next project for director Doug Liman. And that’s not even counting on the possibility of another Mission: Impossible, a possible revival of Van Helsing and a comedy spin off from his Tropic Thunder character Les Grossman for Paramount.

There’s also persistent rumours of Top Gun 2, which Cruise is quoted as saying is a distinct possibility, and a link to Clint Eastwood’s A Star is Born remake alongside Beyonce.

MGM, meanwhile, are busy with projects of their own, although mostly remakes, including revivals of RoboCop and Carrie.

There are also plans for remakes of Poltergeist, which has attracted Sam Raimi as producer, ’80s actioner War Games, which Seth Gordon is directing, Death Wish, under the stewardship of Joe (The Grey) Carnahan and Valley Girl.

So, I guess it’s a case of having to watch this space…

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