While the big news today has been about his brother Sir Ridley, Tony Scott clearly doesn’t want to be left out of the info cycle. He’s now entering talks with Warner Bros. to take on the studio’s reboot of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 Western classic The Wild Bunch.
If he does go ahead with it, the idea will be no less controversial than the idea of making something new in the Blade Runner universe. Peckinpah’s film followed an aging group of outlaws looking to make one final big score on the Texas-Mexico border and the problems they face as the Old West they knew vanishes around them.
Brian Helgeland is on board to write a new script for Scott and producer Jerry Weintraub, but it has a way to go until it can go before cameras.
And before he can even consider preparing for the Bunch, Scott still has to shoot biker drama Hell’s Angels. The director apparently wants Jeff Bridges to star in that film as gang leader Sonny Barger, but Bridges’ schedule is fairly full right now, what with the self-titled album he’s just made and is touring and the fact that he’s committed to make R.I.P.D. for Universal and The Seventh Son for Warners. So even if he does say yes, Angels won’t roll until next year at the earliest.
Could something else sneak in before either of those movies gets going? Unlikely, since Scott is targeting Angels next, but there’s always his new take on Top Gun, John Grisham adaptation The Associate and the long-bubbling Potzdamer Platz…