Will Smith in Talks to Star in THE WILD BUNCH Reboot

     May 14, 2013


Will Smith is setting his sights on a reboot of a classic Western in the near future.  Warner Bros. has been developing a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 film The Wild Bunch for a couple of years now, with Tony Scott most recently attached to take the helm.  Scott sadly passed away before his iteration of the film could make it to the screen, but Warner Bros. is still keen on getting this thing going and they’re roping in some major star power to move it forward as Will Smith is currently in negotiations to star in and produce the Wild Bunch remake.  Hit the jump for more.

will-smith-the-wild-bunchFor those unfamiliar, the original Wild Bunch centered on a group of aging outlaws that were planning one last score on the Texas-Mexico border at the beginning of the 20th century.  The pic boasted a stellar ensemble cast that included William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jamie Sanchez, and Ben JohnsonThe Wrap reports that Smith is in negotiations to star in and produce the new film through his Overbrook Entertainment banner alongside Jerry Weintraub.

The new Wild Bunch takes place in modern day and involves a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune south of the border.  Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) had been working on the script when Tony Scott was attached to direct, but the plan now is to set a new writer on the project and shape it as a starring vehicle for Smith.  It’ll be interesting to see if WB assembles an A-list ensemble surrounding Smith a la Ocean’s Eleven (which Weintraub also produced), or if Smith will be the film’s “star” and he’ll be surrounded by supporting players.  Smith is next set to topline in the con artist film Focus for Warner Bros., but it’s feasible that The Wild Bunch could come together in the near future.  For now, watch the trailer for the original below:


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  • Max

    Great! Maybe his son can play the Robert Ryan role, and maybe they can chage the Borgnine character to a female so he can cast his daughter! This is a great day for fans of classic westerns!! #eatabulletmrsmith

  • Bryce Forestieri

    What in the fuck has the world come to?!

  • Sten

    April fool’s (a bit late, though…)! Must be. Please! And what reboot? It’s a remake, there was never a sequel or such. It’s a classic, no franchise fuck.

  • Susie

    What a terrible idea.

  • Midnight Max

    With Smith as headliner… Where’s the petition to stop it?

  • DjangoBro

    I swear to god Will Smith doesn’t know how to choose movies. He turns down good ones for absolutely terrible ones…

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  • Edward_U

    What? But its NOT a Sci-Fi!!

  • kenichi

    I’m so sick to death of Will Smith trying to snag every single one of these so-called “remakes” by either transforming it into “black urban cinema” or as a starring vehicle for either himself or his son.

    I’m all for Will Smith starring in this remake but don’t let him be the headliner for this film. The Wild Bunch isn’t about any particular actor. Smith is a great actor but he’s recently turned into a megalomanic where he feels that either he or his family needs to be at the center of attention.

    Whatever happened to the great films he used to do like “Enemy of the State”, “Independence Day” and “Jersey Girl” where he wasn’t the center of attention but rather one of the starring actors in the films.

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