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Mangold to helm, co-produce remake

Columbia has clocked in James Mangold to helm and Michael Brandt and Derek Haas to script a remake of 1957 Western “3:10 to Yuma.”

Mangold and his wife, Kathy Conrad, will produce the remake through Conrad Pictures, which has a first-look deal at Sony. Most recently, the pair produced and Mangold directed the modest hit “Identity,” which grossed $51 million domestically this spring. He previously did “Girl, Interrupted” for Col as well.

Original, helmed by Delmer Daves, tells the story of a desperate farmer (played by Van Heflin) who goes to town seeking a loan or paying work. The farmer is hired to guard a captured outlaw (Glenn Ford) whose fellow gang members are trying to free him before a train arrives to take the outlaw to Yuma for trial. Original was scripted by Halsted Welles from an Elmore Leonard story.

Among recent projects, Brandt and Haas scripted “2 Fast 2 Furious” and Fox 2000’s recently completed “Mission Without Permission,” helmed by Bart Freundlich. Pair is also working on “Spy Hunter” for Universal.

Production co-prexy Doug Belgrad and creative exec Jonathan Kadin will oversee the project for Col. Current plans call for increasing the action and tension that helped make the original a memorable entry in the Western canon. Remake would be the latest in a mini-revival of the Western pic, following “The Alamo” redo and “The Missing,” both from Imagine Entertainment, for Disney and Revolution Studios, respectively.

Mangold is repped by WMA.

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