Following today’s fairly shocking news that Ridley Scott is set to direct a follow-up to his sci-fi classic Blade Runner, Ridley’s brother Tony is now gearing up for a remake of the 1969 film The Wild Bunch. Scott is in talks to helm a reboot of the classic, which tells the story of an aging outlaw gang on the Texas-Mexico border. Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) is producing and Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) is writing the screenplay.
The Wild Bunch isn’t the only film on Scott’s plate at the moment, as he has quite a few projects that he’s currently mulling over. The director’s follow-up to Unstoppable looks to be the non-train-on-the-loose pic Hell’s Angels, which centers around the 2001 Laughlin riots when the Angels were caught up in a war with a rival gang. Hit the jump for more details on Hell’s Angels, including the possible casting of Jeff Bridges, and updates on Scott’s other projects.
Included in Deadline’s report on The Wild Bunch is an update on Hell’s Angels. The film will focus on the relationship between gang founder Sonny Barger and a young drifter mechanic. While Scott was previously eyeing Mickey Rourke to play Barger, he’s now uber-keen on casting Jeff Bridges for the part. If Bridges signs on, it’ll be a while before Hell’s Angels goes into production, as the actor is currently touring in support for his new CD, then he starts filming R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds, then moves on to The Seventh Son. This means the soonest he would be available would be sometime next spring or summer. Scott Frank (The Lookout) penned the most recent draft of the screenplay, and Bridges sounds like spot-on casting if you ask me (it’s The Dude as the leader of the Hell’s Angels, people). If Scott picks the right person to play opposite Bridges, this one could be a pretty interesting drama.
In addition, to Hell’s Angels, Scott is also attached to helm the Top Gun follow-up, the crime-organization flick Potzdamer Platz, and an adaptation of John Grisham’s The Associate. No word on where these projects stand (Potzdamer Platz was casting pretty heavily but has since gone quiet), but it seems like Hell’s Angels is the priority at the moment. I’m a fan of Helgeland and Weintraub, so the Wild Bunch remake is intriguing, though Scott isn’t necessarily the most reliable of directors.