Contempo remake adds to Schwarzenegger's busy slate

After making “End of Days” for Beacon Pictures and Universal, Arnold Schwarzenegger will reteam with Beacon to develop “Seven Men From Now,” a contemporary remake of the 1956 western that starred Randolph Scott as a sheriff seeking revenge when his wife is killed by bandits.

In announcing the project, Beacon president Marc Abraham said Schwarzenegger will play a man forced to come to terms with the darker side of his soul when he witnesses the horrific murder of his wife. He undertakes the manhunt only to find he’s the unwitting prey in a larger conspiracy. Paul Schrader wrote the script, which is being developed by Michael Pavone.

“End of Days,” the supernatural action thriller which opens on Nov. 24, marks the end of a long layoff for Schwarzenegger and the beginning of another busy dance card.

While Beacon’s Marc Abraham and Armyan Bernstein had been hoping for the past several months that Schwarzenegger would go right back to work for them on the remake, it appears likely he will first star in the Phoenix/Columbia actioner “The Sixth Day” with director Roger Spottiswoode.

Schwarzenegger is also set to star in “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze” at Castle Rock with his “Eraser” director Chuck Russell and writer Frank Darabont attached.

Also on tap is the sequel to “True Lies.” James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox is negotiating with scribe Jeffrey Eastin to write the script in what could be Cameron’s first feature directing assignment since “Titanic.”

Schwarzenegger is repped by William Morris.

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