Sony, MGM Partner Up for ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

Magnificent Seven

Sony Pictures has come on to co-finance “The Magnificent Seven” with MGM, sources tell Variety.

Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly between the two with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.

The film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Haley Bennett. Antoine Fuqua is on board to direct.

The 1960 film, 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 after “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft.

Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining cast members.

Sony and MGM had success partnering on the James Bond and “Jump Street” franchises. Their most recent collaboration, “22 Jump Street,” brought in $320 million worldwide and more than $190 million domestically.

Sony has strong relationships with Washington and Fuqua after the success of their action pic “The Equalizer,” which brought in more than $100 million at the domestic box office. The studio is also looking to build a relationship with Pratt, who is already in talks to co-star with Jennifer Lawrence in the sci-fi romance “Passengers.”

Sony and MGM will team up next on the latest James Bond pic, “Spectre,” which bows on Nov. 6.

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  1. David Wood says:

    The SONY-MGM deal sounds like SONY does not want to invest in this movie because of its low appeal. In fact, this film which does not involve much special effects should not be a big budget film. So, it seems SONY is in serious budget constraint to fund any new movies.

  2. Bryan anders says:

    Pleased sign Costner up for this.

  3. Noel ONeill says:

    Talk about milking the cash cow! There was the original ” Seven” followed by two follow ups and a TV series! Are the writers in hollywood so lacking in imagination that this is all they could come up with for a western? YES they are!

  4. Hopefully this ignites interest in making more Western movies.

  5. sebastianmh says:

    Reblogged this on Hoskins | Dieuvil P.C. and commented:
    Are there not enough original scripts floating around?

  6. cmon says:

    Great. So we have:
    The Ridiculous Six
    The Magnificent Seven
    The Hateful Eight

  7. KD. says:

    Fuqua’s a Kurosawa fan and part of the original’s appeal is a makeshift family dynamic among unlikely group of men complementing each other, each at different stages in their lives. Denzel/Ethan’s chemistry is a bedrock.

  8. jhs39 says:

    Part of the appeal of The Magnificent Seven was that its cast included a strong collection of then or future action stars including Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. So does anyone think Denzel Washington’s supporting cast of Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Haley Bennett is in any way comparable? It doesn’t sound likely the new cast will live up to the magnificent of the title–maybe it should be called The Extremely Budget-Conscious Seven instead.

  9. LLAP says:

    JUst make it rated R. Cannot handle another PG13 piece of watered down crap.

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