Tony Scott remaking The Wild Bunch

In talks to take on classic Western

Not content to let his brother Ridley hog all the headlines with his upcoming Blade Runner follow-up, Tony Scott is making waves in Hollywood with the announcement that the Unstoppable director is planning a remake of blood-spattered western The Wild Bunch.

According to Deadline, Scott is currently in advanced talks with Warner to helm their update of Sam Peckinpah’s bruising classic. Ocean’s Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub is already on board, while L.A. Confidential writer Brian Helgeland has penned the screenplay.

Before he gets stuck into The Wild Bunch however, Scott’s next project will be biker flick Hell’s Angels, for which the director is pursuing Jeff Bridges to play the lead. Bridges is earmarked to play gang leader Sonny Barger with the film focusing upon his relationship with a young drifter.

However, if Scott is successful in bagging his man, it will probably mean that Hells Angels won’t begin filming until next summer at the earliest. Bridges is currently touring his new music album, before shooting R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds and turning his hand to fantasy film The Seventh Son.

Scott should have plenty to keep him occupied in the meantime, though. As well as the aforementioned projects, he’s also attached to direct the Top Gun sequel, an adaptation of John Grisham’s The Associate and long-awaited crime flick Potzdamer Platz.

Do you want to see a Wild Bunch remake and is Scott the man to make it happen? Share your thoughts below.

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    • jukeofurl

      Aug 20th 2011, 9:38

      The more Westerns the better. Especially if Sam Elliot, Sam Sheppard, Scott Glenn & Jim Beaver are cast. AND oh yeah, Timothy Olyphant. My slogan now is --- I just want to live long enough to see it. . ..

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    • BogdanZ

      Aug 20th 2011, 13:33

      Personally, I hate when they remake great films like this one. and tony scott?! has he ever made anything really good?

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    • Porkchopexpress

      Aug 20th 2011, 14:35

      Peckinpah's slow motion ultra violence remade by Scott's nausea inducing editing and directorial style? Mark my words nothing good will come of this.....

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 21st 2011, 17:14

      I am all for making a western, just not remaking one of THE greatest westerns of all time. Seriously Hollywood get off your a**e and scour the library for fresh material.

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