Though it’s often regarded as a classic, I must admit that I’ve never been much of a fan of the original The Magnificent Seven, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa‘s majestic Seven Samurai. This could be just because of my deep-grained love for Kurosawa’s film, or because I just always preferred The Wild Bunch, which has a similar storyline, but the film, directed by John Sturges and starring Steve McQueen and Yul Brenner, just never quite did it for me. This also might be the reason I’m so excited for the remake of the film being helmed by Antoine Fuqua, with a far more promising cast led by the likes of Fuqua axiom Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Ethan Hawke, amongst several others. Today, via CS, we got our first look at what these guys, as well as co-stars Lee Byung-Hu, Martin Sensmeier, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfi, will look like in Fuqua’s remake, which is slated to be released by Sony on September 23rd.
The film was penned by The Blind Side writer-director John Lee Hancock, True Detective head Nic Pizzolatto, and The Equalizer‘s Richard Wenck, which suggests a very strange hash of tones. As always, we shall see. Check out the first images and the official synopsis below.
Here’s the first images from The Magnificent Seven:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Magnificent Seven:
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.