Tom Cruise to Star in MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Remake for MGM

     May 21, 2012


Though it seemed for a minute there that Tom Cruise wasn’t going to come back from Oprahgate (aka Couchgate, aka The Day Tom Went Crazy), the actor is doing a damn fine job of lining up some high profile pictures as of late.  He plays a rock star in this summer’s musical Rock of Ages, he recently wrapped the Jack Reacher adaptation One Shot, he’s currently filming Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi epic Oblivion, he’s set to follow that up with Doug Liman’s sci-fi actioner All You Need Is Kill and may be teaming with Robert Downey Jr. for El Presidente.

Cruise also has a few sequels/remakes on the horizon as he’s attached to star in a reboot of Van Helsing, he’s being courted to return for Top Gun 2, and Clint Eastwood wants him to star in a redo of A Star Is Born.  The actor is adding another remake to the pile, but this time he’s taking on a bona fide classic: The Magnificent Seven.  Hit the jump for more.

tom-cruise-the-magnificent-sevenVariety reports that MGM is developing a remake of John Sturges’ 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven with Cruise attached to star.  Apparently the actor has been keen on remaking the pic for quite some time now, but it could be a while before we see the Cruise-infused Magnificent Seven on the big screen as the film isn’t in the actor’s immediate plans.  That said, he intends to take the lead once the pic finally does come to fruition.

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 banditos.

I’m interested to see whether Cruise will surround himself by other A-list actors or if he’ll play the “lead” in the remake, relegating the other roles to supporting players.  He’s an interesting choice to star for sure, but with the film in the nascent stages it’s still possible that the remake could go through some major changes.  MGM is on a remake kick with RoboCop, Carrie, Poltergeist, WarGames, Death Wish, Valley Girl, and Red Dawn all in various stages of development.  Watch the trailer for the original film below.


  • MR.Rich316

    Can we get a 3 Amigo cameo? My Little Buttercup after the credits scene?

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  • Truth

    “Though it seemed for a minute there that Tom Cruise wasn’t going to come back from Oprahgate (aka Couchgate, aka The Day Tom Went Crazy)”

    Chitwood, why do you feel the need to bring this up? It was ages ago. Everyone has moved on, and Cruise has been doing wonderfully since the media pounced on him for jumping on a friggin couch. He’s a damn fine actor and that’s all that needs to be said about him. That comment adds nothing of value to this story.

    And how does jumping on a couch make one crazy? Cruise was deeply and madly in love at the time, he showed his excitement and affection for Katie Holmes and misjudged how people would take it, him being a mega star and under a microscope and all, it was an error in judgement. But crazy? I don’t think so. You wanna know what’s crazy? The media not being able to let it go.

    • yana

      I was just about to post something like that.

      Adam Chitwood seems to know something about mental stability? Often people like these (Mr. Chitwood) are the ones who need to be in the mental facilities. Collider needs to fire this idiot.

  • Prasanna Rajan

    Seriously Hollywood? Another remake and attempt to ruin the classics?

    And I seriously don’t know, why MGM remade ‘Girl with the Dragon tattoo’?

    • Jazzy Jace

      They felt the original didn’t stick close to the book. I don’t care, prefer the original anyway and no one beats Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth.

  • Daniel

    they’re also remaking Seven Samurai as well…….coincidence?

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  • Craig Tarry

    What is it with all the remakes? It’s like Hollywood is turning into a bunch people sitting around a campfire telling the “old stories and creativity is totally dead!
    The Magnificent Seven was one of my favorite movies as a kid and the thought of Tom Cruise in a remake turns my stomach (and I like Tom Cruise). I guess the bigger a star you become, the less creative you become or maybe they just get lazy.

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