The Weinstein Company hires a director for SEVEN SAMURAI remake; last bit of faith in humanity lost
Despite all of the prayers, wishes, and whatever else film nerds around the world were once doing in hopes of keeping this project locked up, apparently the Weinstein Company are set to bring us a remake of what many people consider one of the greatest films ever put to celluloid.
Variety is reporting that the studio has tapped Scott Mann (THE TOURNAMENT) to helm their long-gestating remake of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece, SEVEN SAMURAI. With a script from YOUNG GUNS writer John Fusco (yes, that’s the type of talent we are dealing with here), this film has been in talks for some time now, but has since garnered a $60 million budget, and a new setting; Northern Thailand. So basically, it will have absolutely nothing to do with the Kurosawa film, but will share the same name. Because yeah, that sounds like a wonderful concept.
With films like IKIRU and HIGH AND LOW seriously being looked at for possible remakes (the latter of which has Chris Rock and Mike Nichols attached to star in/write and direct respectively), it shouldn’t be any shock that Kurosawa’s most beloved film would also be looked at for a re-up. However, while something like THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN gave an interesting turn on the film’s premise, this just sounds utterly ridiculous. The change of setting is what really gets me. That move ultimately changes the whole tone, mood, and feel of the project. Count me out on this one, guys and gals.