So it looks like MGM is eyeing a remake of The Magnificent Seven, John Sturges’s classic Western. I’d complain about Hollywood continuously remaking movies, but seeing as the original was already a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, I suppose the point is moot. No director is currently attached, but MGM is quietly looking for a writer.
What MGM does have right now is a lead. Tom Cruise will star in the remake, but since he’s got so much on his plate, actual production might be a long ways off. He seems pretty set on doing it though, having wanted to be a part of it for a long time.
Of course, nothing will replace the original, and the Western genre isn’t as popular as it used to be. So like with many remakes, the question must be asked: why bother?[Via Variety]