Scott Mann Hired to Direct SEVEN SAMURAI Remake for The Weinstein Company

     May 3, 2011


Remaking Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is an exercise in futility* but so is railing against remakes.  They’re going to happen, and they’re probably not going to be as good as the original, but you’ll always have that original.  The Weinstein Company is remaking Seven Samurai but that doesn’t mean Harvey Weinstein is coming to my house and confiscating my Criterion Collection Blu-ray.  Variety reports that the studio has hired Scott Mann to helm the remake (written by Young Guns screenwriter John Fusco).  The new Seven Samurai will have a $60 million budget, reset the action from feudal Japan to modern-day Thailand, and replace the samurai with paramilitary contractors.  It’s a smart update because as we all know, the age of the paramilitary contractor is coming to an end and those mercenaries who work for companies like Blackwater are truly noble and tragic figures.

Mann’s been receiving some attention for his recent film The Tournament, but The Playlist says the flick is “pretty turgid overall.”  For those who’ve never seen Seven Samurai, I’ve included a synopsis for the film after the jump, but I want you to promise me you’ll see the movie ASAP.  Deal?

Here’s the synopsis for Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai:

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope. [Criterion]

*They’re not all terrible, but no one would argue that The Magnificent Seven is a superior film.


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  • JWoww

    Jackie Chan, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgren, Kurt Angle, Gary Daniels and Michael Jai White as the paramilitary contractors

  • Ryan

    Oh what the Hell? When I heard they were doing another remake of Seven Samurai, with a fairly large budget, I was actually kind of excited. If handled with care and respect, and modern filmmaking strategies, it very seriously could have been fantastic. I was entirely unaware that it was changing the setting so drastically. My only hope is that this, much like Magnificient Seven, will have a title implying its roots, without besmirching the name of the original too greatly.

  • Ringbearer1420

    Someone could argue Magnificent Seven is better, if that person had just escaped from a asylum. Just like anyone who thinks that military contractors are a better box of draw than samurai has probably been lobotomized.
    Unless someone does some smart like say, rereleasing the real Seven Samurai, Hollywood can just keep bumping coke and laboring under the delusion that they’ve ever made a film that’s better than Kurosawa’s worst.

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  • Aromcath

    I don’t want to live on this planet any more…

    In all seriousness there’s no way of saying this without sounding like the kind of Japanophile, cosplaying, subtitle anime watching Westerner who spends his every waking hour gargling Pocky and cursing the roundness of his eyes, but with the context of what’s happening with Seven Samurai now and whatever laws that were broken from the Geneva Conventions for what happened to Akira, I’m beginning to think the powers that be in Hollywood don’t fancy the Japanese all that much. Or at least they now live in a world where the idea that a foreign or more specifically an American audience can not understand Japanese cultural relevance & historical context.

    That’s not to say all adaptations are the dick-slaps they’re broadly painted out to be. As there are the strong well crafted translations of foreign films made by American or other such film productions, but the reason they can work is because someone took the time to draw strong parallels and saw were the two cultures and themes mirrored one another properly. Seven Samurai and the Magnificant Seven is a great example of this, in that it wasn’t a direct cut in paste with the names in locations, there’s also a strong overlapping sense of atmosphere and tone between the idea of the wild west and feudal Japan and I don’t get the same sens of overlapping ideas and tone with modern day Thailand and military contractors.

    With the prepossessed idea of para-military contractors taking in the role as seven hungry Samurai plays more like a pandering overboard unfocused action set up, that at first glance seems like another over bloated nostalgia trip for the 80′s action fans to jerk each other off over.

    • Ringbearer1420

      And only a room full of imbeciles would equate Samurai with a group of men who spend most of their time taking body shots off each other and raping children in Erik Prince’s private children harems he has over seas.
      Have the balls to do a actual remake, as much as I hate the idea, I would of probably paid to see a remake that had a all Japanese cast, but between Keanu Reeves in 47 Ronin, and this, I remember I can just save money and watch Seven Samurai, Sanjiro, and Yojimbo on Blu ray.

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  • rockman_blues

    George Clooney was attached to this for a long time. Glad to see that it’s finally getting the greenlight. And I LOVED The Tournament. It’s non-stop action mixed with a decent amount of heart. And unlike most action movies nowadays where the action is barely a minute long, these sequences were quite satisfying and just lengthy enough.

  • dude

    This instantly took me back to those 1990′s DTV movies starring nobodies who happened to know martial arts.

    I can see the cast now: Michael Dudikoff, Gary Daniels, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson, Olivier Grunner.


    Well after the Magnificent Seven, its three (or is it four?) sequels, the 90s Magnificent Seven TV Show, The Three Amigos, and A Bug’s Life I don’t think this remake will do that much more to tarnish Kurosawa’s original.

    • Pewlpit

      You’ve got to look at the bright side though and be grateful that in today’s hollywood climate that they aren’t making a sequel.

      Either way your exposing of some people’s “favorite” movies had to be shared from the pewlpit, in order to educate them of the origin.

    • Pewlpit

      In today’s Hollywood climate we’ve just got to be thankful that they didn’t try to make a sequel.

      Either way the truth needs to be shared about the originator of so many movies today, and so your exposing of A Bug’s Life and many more have been shared from the pewlpit

  • Alex–

    Well it would be more accurate to say the age of the american SOLDIER has come to an end and corporate mercenaries are all that remain. Just like the age of the samurai had come to an end in Japan.

    This is a good idea I don’t know why people are getting their panties in a twist. Seven Samurai is practically shakespeare, it will have remakes made of it for the next 100 years.

    Should make for at least a good action flick with a little substance.

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