Nic Pizzolatto to tackle Tom Cruise-toplined title

MGM has tapped relative newcomer Nic Pizzolatto to pen the remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” which has Tom Cruise attached to star.

“The Magnificent Seven,” itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz as a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits led by Calvera (Eli Wallach). The 1960 film was followed by three sequels, and “The Magnificent Seven” was remade as a CBS series in 1998-2000.

With a writer on board, MGM is one step closer to launching the project it’s been meaning to get off the ground for some time. Still, production could be a ways off — especially with Cruise’s ever-tightening schedule.

“Seven” is the first big film project for the the Anonymous Content-repped Pizzolatto; his biggest project to date is the skein “True Detectives,” which is in development at HBO and will star Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.

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