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

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.

More Film

  • Warclow Bridge of Spies

    Amblin Partners Inks Exclusive Music-Publishing Deal With BMG

    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 […]

  • Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan and

    Gus Van Sant's 'Don't Worry' Among First Berlinale Competition Titles to Be Unveiled

    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 […]

  • Japan Box Office: ‘The Last Jedi’

    Japan Box Office: ‘The Last Jedi’ Opens Big Ahead of ‘Yokai Watch’

    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 […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    South Australia Uncaps Post-Production Rebate Scheme

    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 […]

  • Korea's Gang Dong-won to Star in

    Korea's Gang Dong-won to Star in Simon West’s ‘Tsunami LA’

    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 […]

  • Korea Box Office: 'Steel Rain' Defeats

    Korea Box Office: 'Steel Rain' Defeats 'Star Wars' to Dominate Weekend

    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 […]

  • netflix-the-little-prince

    Mediawan Closes In on Acquisition of Dimitri Rassam's ON Kids & Family

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content