Will Smith In Talks To Star In Reimagining Of The Wild Bunch

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-05-14 14:54:09discussion comments
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Will Smith is now looking to both produce and star in a remake of The Wild Bunch, but for those of you who are having horrific flashbacks of Wild, Wild West, I have an interesting extra detail - the remake won't be set in the old west.

While the original film featured actors including William Holden and Ernest Borgnine as aging outlaws who pull one last job before retirement, The Wrap says that the new film will be set in modern times and "follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune." The reimagining has been in development for some time now, with David Ayer (End of Watch) previously hired to work on a draft. Tony Scott and Brian Helgeland also worked on the project and wrote half the screenplay, but unfortunately Scott died last year.

Warner Bros. and the producers are currently looking for new writers to work on the script.While no other names are mentioned, the source says that the studio is planning to give Smith a "strong ensemble."

Smith has been very busy of late making films and picking up projects. In addition to having M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth due out at the end of this month, he is currently attached to the con romance thriller Focus; and recently looked into starring in both the true-life drama American Can and the assassination thriller The Accountant. There has also been talk of a Men In Black 4, though it's unknown at this time if he plans to star.
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