Irvine Welsh – the legendary author of “Trainspotting” or the not-so legendary author of “Porno” (depending on your perspective) – is apparently a fan of the film “The Magnificent Seven”. I realize this does not exactly make the man a trendsetter, but go with me on this one. Welsh will be adapting and directing “The Magnificent Eleven”, an homage to John Sturges’ 1960 classic. And by ‘homage’ I mean that the film reinterpret the whole western vibe using Britain’s version of the cowboy – the footballer.
According to Empire “The Magnificent Eleven” will be a “sporty” version of the tale of a Mexican village and the seven gunfighters hired to protect it. In Welsh’s version the gunfighters will become an amateur football (aka “soccer”) team and the Mexican village will become the team’s favorite Tandoori restaurant. I know, it doesn’t sound too promising at this stage, but I’m guessing that a lot of folks couldn’t see the big picture when Sturges took Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” from feudal Japan into the North American West.