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Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
The Wild Wild Bunch?

15 May 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Wrap

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Though he ultimately turned down the chance to go West (well, more South) with Quentin Tarantino, Will Smith clearly wants to dabble in the Western genre again and perhaps wash the taste of Wild Wild West from our collective cine-palate. Still, we’re not sure how many supporters he’ll win initially by contemplating Warner Bros. remake of The Wild Bunch.

Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 classic found an aging group of outlaws looking to make one final big score on the Texas-Mexico border, and looked at the problems they face as the Old West they knew vanishes around them in 1913.

The remake would throw the plot forward in time to today (at least, according to The Wrap), where a disgraced D.E.A. agent looks to recruit a team and go after a Mexican drug lord and his gang.

Tony Scott was developing this one before his death and the script has been though the hands of Brian Helgeland and David Ayer already.

Warners and Smith, who plans to co-produce via his Overbook company, are now starting the hunt for a new writer and director. Remaking Peckinpah is a dicey proposition (try asking the team behind the 2011 Straw Dogs), and this will have to go some way to match the original.

Smith, meanwhile, will be back on our screens for After Earth, which lands on June 7.  

 

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RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
L: Iago 1979 L: MonsterCat I think it's more appalling that studios are ignoring original films in favor of remakes and reboots. Unfortunately, new and different films are hard to come by what with studios trying to stave off the effects of the recession. it the nail on the head! The multiplexes are stocked full of remakes, comic book adaptations & franchise continuations. These films are providing the big Hollywood studios with continuous high revenue streams, so expect More

Posted by MonsterCat at 22:37 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

Will's Expendables
The premise for this remake has nothing to do with the original, why call it The Wild Bunch at all? Why not just make it a completely brand new movie? Will sounds like he wants to create his own Expendables franchise. More

Posted by BenTramer at 22:15 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
So Will Smith will be doing his serious face for this one then........the man is gutless when it comes to film choices and will not do anything to risk alienating a single member of his PG-13 fanbase or the chance of making another gazillion dollars. Remaking 'The Wild Bunch' is obviously a terrible idea but Smith's involvement guarantees a bland end product. More

Posted by mackey at 21:04 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
L: MonsterCat I think it's more appalling that studios are ignoring original films in favor of remakes and reboots. Unfortunately, new and different films are hard to come by what with studios trying to stave off the effects of the recession. it the nail on the head! The multiplexes are stocked full of remakes, comic book adaptations & franchise continuations. These films are providing the big Hollywood studios with continuous high revenue streams, so expect more of the same... More

Posted by Iago 1979 at 16:47 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
I think it's more appalling that studios are ignoring original films in favor of remakes and reboots. Unfortunately, new and different films are hard to come by what with studios trying to stave off the effects of the recession. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 16:25 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
L: MonsterCat L: Mr Gittes Because hearing "The Wild Bunch" should make you think about one of the greatest westerns ever made, and just a classic movie, with the very best blood ballets in cinema history es, but a remake is not going to change that. For example: Let the Right One In was remade and it was shitty, but that doesn't make the original any less brilliant. , but I'm still just appalled that they'd attempt something like this. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 16:10 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
L: Harry Tuttle Why all the hate towards Will Smith for having the temerity to accept a job? Anyway, with a different setting and period this seems like it'll be what Last Man Standing was to A Fistful of Dollars (granted LMS is by far the lesser version of the well used story but I like it). internet was around in the 1960's I wonder if people would have been laying into Clint Eastwood for having the gall to accept a role in a reimagining of Kurosawa's classic Yojimbo, or slagged of More

Posted by AxlReznor at 15:58 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
L: Mr Gittes Because hearing "The Wild Bunch" should make you think about one of the greatest westerns ever made, and just a classic movie, with the very best blood ballets in cinema history es, but a remake is not going to change that. For example: Let the Right One In was remade and it was shitty, but that doesn't make the original any less brilliant. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 14:51 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
Why all the hate towards Will Smith for having the temerity to accept a job? Anyway, with a different setting and period this seems like it'll be what Last Man Standing was to A Fistful of Dollars (granted LMS is by far the lesser version of the well used story but I like it). If the internet was around in the 1960's I wonder if people would have been laying into Clint Eastwood for having the gall to accept a role in a reimagining of Kurosawa's classic Yojimbo, or slagged off Brynner, Wall More

Posted by Harry Tuttle at 14:45 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
L: MonsterCat This doesn't matter. Honestly, why get worked up about this? use hearing "The Wild Bunch" should make you think about one of the greatest westerns ever made, and just a classic movie, with the very best blood ballets in cinema history...not some ten-a-penny Will Smith-starring cash-grab. Yes, none of us have seen it yet, and I'm not usually a cynic by any means, but come on More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 14:05 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Will Smith Takes Aim At The Wild Bunch
This doesn't matter. Honestly, why get worked up about this? More

Posted by MonsterCat at 13:34 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Jesus!!
why didn't he just take the part of Django and get it out of his system!. we all know hes trying to exorcise the Wild Wild West demons!! More

Posted by Dannybohy at 13:30 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

Jesus!!
As John Carpenter's 'The Thing' is one of my favourite films, i'm always willing to at least listen to a remake articles defence before clicking onto the next story.......but then I read the 'throw the plot forward in time to today' bit. Up yours Will Smith you mug! More

Posted by Bobby TwoTimes at 12:30 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

Why call it a remake?
My original post was gonna be whether anybody was a fed up with Will Smith as I am, but reading the comments I can see they are, also, if the plot details in the article are correct, why bother calling it a remake? All that'll do is piss people off, why not just rip it off instead? Plenty of other films get away with it. More

Posted by draney at 11:31 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

If I may offer a viewpoint?
There is a lot of bile aimed at this project (and understandably so). However there are a few interesting details from this brief article that may offer some talking points. The description of the potential new film's plot suggests that the new film is to be told from the point of view of the Robert Ryan character (or the modern equivalent). That could be an interesting angle to approach any possible remake. The new film's present day setting would also suggest a rather different thematic tone a More

Posted by Iago 1979 at 10:46 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: gah
L: rawlinson Carlton for the Robert Ryan role. issed as I am about this bit of news, this did make me laugh my ass off More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 10:36 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

Fuck. Off.
I'm normally not one to immediately dismiss the idea of a remake and holler "Screw Hollywood!" but this...this here is an exception. The Wild Bunch is one of my all-time favourite movies and, modern update or not, these people better rethink what they're doing and stay well the fuck away from it. Because The Wild Bunch is untouchable. Period. What are they gonna remake next? Jaws?! More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 10:34 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

Bleurgh
Seriously, who even needs Will Smith anymore? #fuckthewildbunchremakeandfuckwillsmith More

Posted by DonnchadhT5 at 09:30 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

Fuck you Warner Brothers and fuck you Will Smith. That is all. More

Posted by Lord Fury at 09:02 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

i Bloody hope not Peckinpah was a genius and this was his masterpeice do not let Will Smith or anyone else remake this movie More

Posted by filmburner30 at 08:46 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

This Man
Needs To Be Stopped More

Posted by postgrape at 08:00 on 15 May 2013 | Report This Post

Yawn
Lemme guess,all his family will get to 'star' in it to. More

Posted by danbo1138 at 22:33 on 14 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: gah
Carlton for the Robert Ryan role. More

Posted by rawlinson at 22:21 on 14 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: gah
Fuck. Off. More

Posted by matty_b at 22:06 on 14 May 2013 | Report This Post

gah
please bitch NO! More

Posted by darktrain at 21:44 on 14 May 2013 | Report This Post

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