Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Say it ain't so...`The Wild Bunch' to be re-made

Tony Scott Boarding ‘The Wild Bunch’ While Revving ‘Hell’s Angels’ As Next Pic

By MIKE FLEMING | Thursday August 18, 2011 @ 6:00pm EDT
Tags: Brian Helgeland, Chris Pine, David Ayer, Denzel Washington, Ernest Borgnine, Jeff Bridges, Jerry Weintraub, Robert Ryan, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Peckinpah, Scott Frank, Sonny Barger, Stephen Gaghan, Tom Cruise, Tony Scott, Warren Oates, William Holden

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline revealed this morning that Ridley Scott was returning to his sci-fi classic Blade Runner. His Scott Free partner and brother Tony Scott is also getting serious about a new version of a movie classic. Scott is in talks with Warner Bros to direct a reboot of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-directed The Wild Bunch. This film becomes one of three or so that Scott is most eager to direct as his follow-up to the Denzel Washington-Chris Pine action film Unstoppable.

Scott’s next assignment will be Hell’s Angels, though its timing will depend on whether he gets the actor he wants to play gang leader Sonny Barger. I’m told that he wants Jeff Bridges. They’ve not met face to face yet, because Bridges is right now touring his self-titled musical album that he recorded after he won the Oscar playing Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. Once Bridges gets back to film work, he’s booked to star with Ryan Reynolds in Universal’s R.I.P.D. and Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ The Seventh Son. If Scott has his heart set on Bridges and the actor says yes, Hell’s Angels won’t get underway until next spring or later. Fox 2000′s Hell’s Angels is set around the Laughlin riots of 2001 when the Angels were caught up in a war with rival gang The Mongols. The drama revolves around a friendship that develops between Barger and a young drifter mechanic with a gift for fixing motorcycles. The script is in by Scott Frank, who did numerous rewrites of an earlier draft by Stephen Gaghan.

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Andy 7 said...

I haven't seen the "Straw Dogs" trailer, but I can't imagine it being better than the original.

Ed Gorman said...

Not only not better--but likely terrible if the trailer is any indication. Say what you will about Peckinpah he was an artist with a serious overwhelming theme guiding all his work.

Mike Dennis said...

I read where they were updating the WILD BUNCH story from the 1910s to the present day and setting it in Mexico amid drug cartels. Give me a break!

Let's hope Scott becomes entangled in the biker movie and never gets around to fucking with Peckinpah's classic.

Anonymous said...

Eeeeediots, I tell you! They are all eeeediots!

How about making new films that folks 30 years from now will consider remaking? Y'know, with stories and characters and stuff. Coherent, intelligent, compelling. Wait...why are you laughing?