Will Smith lined up for remake of The Wild Bunch

Returning to the wild, wild West?

Warner Bros' forthcoming remake of seminal Western The Wild Bunch looks set to add some hefty star power, with The Wrap reporting that Will Smith is in talks to star and produce.

The studio has been trying to bring the gunslinging classic back to the big screen for some time now, with the late Tony Scott the last director attached to the project.

Sadly, Scott is no longer with us, but that doesn't mean that Warner has given up on the film, with Smith seemingly central to its plans going forward.

The new film will take place in a modern-day setting, and will follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent as he attempts to take down a Mexican drug lord south of the border.

Brian Helgeland had previously written a draft of the script, but Warner is thought to be looking for a new writer to reposition the film as a starring vehicle for Smith. Whether or not he'll sing the theme tune remains to be seen...

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    • dangoodfellow

      May 15th 2013, 8:02

      Walter Hill already did this, i forget the name of the movie, 'Extreme Prejudice' was its name, with Nick Nolte as a US marshall and Powers Booth as a drug lord. Michael Ironside pops up as a CIA agent with a team who help storm the castle at the end and have a very Wild Bunch inspired showdown....for about half an hour ,complete with gattling gun. Can't imagine hollywood are willing to approach the sheer violence of Peckinpahs original today, so it won't really be the Wild Bunch.

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    • dangoodfellow

      May 15th 2013, 8:02

      ......obviously i did remember mid sentence, then forgot i forgot.......

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    • LSJShez

      May 15th 2013, 9:53

      It's 10:30am, and that's my first bad news of the day. I can understand why studios attempt things like this, but you'd think A-list actors like Smith would understand that it's suicide.

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    • 2Dglasses

      May 15th 2013, 10:10

      Wasnt the whole poignancy of the original that their way of life way ending and bigger issues like revolution and civil war were taking over, and that they essentially decided to go out in a blaze of glory and cameraderie? Can they really translate that to modern day? Are they gonna be a bunch of soldiers who arent needed because of drones/new tech, and the Thornton character is some special ops guy. Also...WIll Smith probably isnt really old enough to be world-weary enough and yes, if it gets made this MUST be an 18 or else it might as well be the expendables 4.

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    • Ali1748

      May 15th 2013, 20:02

      I just don't have respect for Smith anymore after turning down Django.

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