The first time Denzel Washington teamed up with director Antoine Fuqua, with Training Day, he won an Oscar. Their latest collaboration, the upcoming The Equalizer, is also expected to be a big success.
Now they’re thinking of making another movie together, and they’re taking on a classic in the process. Variety reports that they’re circling the long-gestating remake of The Magnificent Seven.
News of the project first emerged back in August 2012, when Nic Pizzolatto (who’s since gone on to major success with True Detective) signed on to write the script. Tom Cruise attached himself to star at that time. He dropped out of the remake in December, just as John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) came on board to rewrite the script.
1960’s The Magnificent Seven is loosely inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and follows seven old west gunslingers (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz) who are hired by a small Mexican village to defend their homes from the villainous Calvera (Eli Wallach). It’s not known who closely the new version will stick to that.