Adding to the list of films in the works, Variety report that Cruise is attached to star in MGM’s remake of John Sturges’ 1960 classic western, The Magnificent Seven.
MGM are in the midst of developing a handful of projects from their back catalogue, including the upcoming RoboCop and Carrie remakes, as well as Poltergeist, with Sam Raimi producing; WarGames, with Seth Gordon directing; Death Wish, with Joe Carnahan directing; Valley Girl; and Red Dawn, which is due out at the end of the year.
And of course, we can’t forget that this is the studio bringing us Skyfall at the end of the year, whose first teaser trailer landed yesterday morning.
It’s still early days on their remake of The Magnificent Seven, and not in Cruise’s immediate plans – he’s currently filming Oblivion, and is poised to star in All You Need is Kill for Doug Liman and Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci’s Van Helsing – but he’s said to have been interested in doing a remake of the film for some time, which can only be good news.
As yet, no writer or director is attached to the project alongside Cruise, but MGM are thought to be quietly beginning the search for a writer now, and you’d imagine that having Cruise attached to the project will make finding a writer and director that much easier.
Throwing one name into the ring, I think Gran Torino’s writer, Nick Schenk, would definitely be a good possibility. He’s been working with MGM already on the RoboCop remake, and his work on Gran Torino won him the Best Original Screenplay award at the National Board of Review.
Cruise will next be back on the big screen in Rock of Ages, due out on 15th June, before leading One Shot at the end of the year, the adaptation of Lee Child’s novel in the Jack Reacher series. And with a number of projects in the pipeline, it could be a little while before we hear more about The Magnificent Seven, but you can be sure we’ll bring it to you as and when it surfaces.