Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage and Jamie Foxx have all entered into negotiations to star in Mel Gibson’s remake of ‘The Wild Bunch’.
Gibson takes the helm on the project which he co-wrote with Bryan Bagby. Details of who Fassbender, Dinklage or Foxx will play have not been disclosed.
The original epic western was directed by Sam Peckinpah and starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sánchez and Ben Johnson. It followed an ageing outlaw gang on the Mexico–United States border trying to adapt to the changing modern world of 1913, but things get complicated when they are pursued by a posse led by a former partner they double-crossed.
‘The Wild Bunch’ was noted for its intricate, multi-angle, quick-cut editing using normal and slow-motion images, a revolutionary cinema technique in 1969. It also caused controversy for its use of graphic violence and its portrayal of crude men attempting to survive by any available means.
Whether Gibson’s version will be a straight remake or adapted for the modern age is not clear at this stage. The remake has been on the books for a while at Warner Bros and at one stage even had Will Smith set to star.
Fassbender can next be seen in ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’, he has also signed up to star in ‘Kung Fury 2’, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eiza Gonzalez and David Hasselhoff, a follow-up to the cult 2015 short.
Dinklage will be voicing Mighty Eagle in the upcoming ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ as well as appearing alongside Josh Brolin in the comedy ‘Brothers’.