The new Magnificent Seven remake trailer feels like a rompy riff on the source material


John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven was an excellent riff on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, full of distinct characters, solid performances, and that memorable theme song.

I was a bit skeptical about Antoine Fuqua helming a remake of the film, but I have to say, the first trailer and the new trailer for The Magnificent Seven makes me feel hopeful. Both have the proper spirit of remakes and reboots. By that I mean the reboot/remake should feel like fans of the original playing with all the stuff they loved from the source material and then adding their own new material to it.

In this case, the new Magnificent Seven may be less like the original film or Seven Samurai and more like Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins. It feels like kids playing cowboy in a cowboy movie.


Your new Magnificent Seven is as follows:

  • Denzel Washington
  • Chris Pratt
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Vincent D’Onofrio
  • Byung-hun
  • Lee Manuel
  • Garcia-Rulfo
  • Martin Sensmeier

Peter Sarsgaard and Haley Bennett round out the main cast.

The Magnificent Seven will be out on September 23rd. Check out the poster for the film in the gallery.

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.