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.
For 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 Johnson. The 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: