Though his only claims to fame writing for the small screen are a couple episodes of The Killing and the HBO drama, True Detective with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, Nic Pizzolatto has been tapped to pen the remake of MGM’s The Magnificent Seven. Tom Cruise is set to star in the picture and, now that a writer has been secured, the project should start to show more signs of progress. The Magnificent Seven will still have to cast six gunslingers in addition to Cruise, as well as a group of marauding bandits. Hit the jump for more.
Variety reports that Pizzolatto is the choice for the Magnificent Seven remake, marking it as the screenwriters first major film project. The author-turned-screenwriter won numerous awards for his debut 2011 novel, Galveston, which was compared to the early works of Cormac McCarthy.
The Magnificent Seven was, itself, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai and featured an all-star cast lead by Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, Horst Bucholz, and Eli Wallach. The titular seven refers to a band of American gunfighters hired by oppressed Mexican peasants to defend their homes from bandits. The 1960 film was followed by three sequels: Return of the Seven (1966), Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969), and The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972). CBS also based a late-1990s series off of the original film.