Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington Reteam on ‘Magnificent Seven’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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It’s been over a decade since Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua patrolled the mean streets of Los Angeles in “Training Day,” and it looks like that team is looking to head to the Wild West for their next collaboration.

Sources say the Oscar-nominated Hawke is in final negotiations to join Washington in MGM’s “Magnificent Seven” remake with Fuqua directing.

Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also on board to star.

The 1960 original, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock, with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto writing the previous draft.

MGM is hoping the pairing of Hawke with Washington leads to the same success the two saw on crime drama “Training Day,” which overperformed at the box office and led to both men receiving Oscar nominations, with Washington eventually taking home the prize.

Hawke is coming off his Oscar-nominated role in “Boyhood” and has several upcoming projects that include Andrew Niccol’s “Good Kill” and the docu he directed, “Seymour: An Introduction.” He is repped by CAA.

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  1. Trisha says:

    Ok so The Magnificent Seven is My Favorite Movie. It will be hard to see it as a remake. I hope they do not steer far from the original script. There is not much that Denzel Washington cannot do when it come to a film. Honestly I have never seen him flop in a movie so the script , scenery, and chemistry of the supporting cast has to be on point. It has to be a gutsy remake or I will never go to a movie again

  2. Billy says:

    What made the first one great was the A list cast. So far this one save DL is failing. Not like theres a shortage of familiar faces these days. Are you really going to let Expendables out cast this film?

  3. Suzy Six says:

    Well now, this rocks!

  4. I can’t believe how good training day was. Only saw it years after it was released. These two are gold together.

  5. PETER says:

    Ronald Head, nobody thought that McQueen and especially THE KING AND I Yul Brynner would make good cowboys either. Or Charles Bronson. Or Holtz Buckholtz. Nor Robert Vaughn. Nor any of the original seven. Or Eli Wallach as the head bad guy. But that’s ol’ time movie magic!

  6. Ronald Head says:

    what a waste of film they are not believable as cowboys/gunfighters. It can not come close to the original.

  7. PETER JAY says:

    Sane Jane, contact Steven M. McQueen’s Los Angeles agent, agency, or manager and put it out there for them. But the idea needs ultimately to go to the young McQueen. He would look great in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, don’t you think? And all in black, like the young Horst Buckoltz. But Denzel and Ethan Hawk might have a say in the casting, and Ethan Hawk might not like the spotlight taken away from him.

  8. Sees Thebigpicture says:

    Who plays ‘Horst Buckoltz’?

  9. Edward smith says:

    I guess Hollywood can’t come up with any new ideas. Remaking classics doesn’t work. I for one won’t waste my money on this, hope it falls flat on it’s face, i guess they also thought a remake of Annie was also s great idea.

  10. Bound to be a failure. We’ve forgotten how to make a western. Not to mention how do you improve on perfection.

  11. One can only hope this isn’t nearly as explicitly violent as THE EQUALIZER.

  12. PETER says:

    Good luck to them. Check out the original cast. Every member a star. Even the young German actor. And Yul Brynner was worried that new and young Steve McQueen would outshine Yul! Casting and director for the new version should consider Steve McQueen’s grandson, Steven M. McQueen, fresh off CW’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, to play the young, seventh member of the title.

    • Sane Jane says:

      @PETER! Great Idea! S M McQueen is an amazing young actor, and would be a awesome addition to the cast. Who can make this happen? !!

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