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1960's 'The Magnificent Seven' is heralded by many as one of the greatest westerns of all time. It also happens to be the best re-imagining/remake of Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai' ever conceived, much as I may love Roger Corman's super campy 'Battle Beyond the Stars.' Well now it looks as if 'The Magnificent Seven' is getting its own remake courtesy of MGM, and that Tom Cruise is attached to star. Though Cruise has been interested in this project for some time, we will not see the new 'Magnificent Seven' for quite a while. There is currently no director hired and MGM has just begun their search for a screenwriter. MGM is also behind the remakes of 'Robocop,' 'Carrie,' and 'Red Dawn;' the latter will purportedly be released this November.
More remakes? Wow, who would've thought? Oh wait, everyone. Once again, I try to stay positive on remakes on the whole, but could MGM be churning these things out any harder? They've also got 'Poltergeist,' 'WarGames,' and 'Death Wish' remakes on the way. As to this particular remake, I love 'The Magnificent Seven,' its cinematography, its musical score, and especially its diverse cadre of badass characters. That's actually the good news for the remake. If you are someone who is put off by the prospect of Tom Cruise starring in a 'Magnificent Seven' remake, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of other actors with whom he will be sharing the screen. Once this project, which is still in the prenatal stage at this point, gets rolling, it will be interesting to see 1.) which character Tom Cruise is playing and 2.) what other actors get cast to occupy the other iconic roles. What do you guys think?
Could a 'Magnificent Seven' remake work? Who should direct it? What do you think of Tom Cruise starring?