Will Smith Looking to Saddle Up With The Wild Bunch Remake
Will Smith may be dusting off the ol’ six-shooter for a modern-day Western. The mega-star, whose After Earth opens June 7, might be returning to the Western genre with a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 classic The Wild Bunch for Warner Bros., The Wrap reports.
The original film followed a group of aging outlaws, including William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, as they go for one last score, but the new version is said to actually take that concept and bring it into the present. Here’s how The Wrap describes it: “A modern remake involving cartels south of the border, the Wild Bunch reboot is expected to follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune.”
End of Watch and Training Day writer David Ayer worked on a script before Tony Scott came on as a producer. Scott had Brian Helgeland (42, Man on Fire) working on a script when the producer killed himself last year; no new screenwriters have been brought on.
Smith starred in the 1991 Western comedy Wild Wild West, and was sought out by Quentin Tarantino for the lead role in Django Unchained.