Fusco to pen ‘Samurai’

With the Weinstein Co. effort under way to remake Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic “The Seven Samurai,” scribe John Fusco has been tapped to write the script for the remake. “Samurai,” which routinely shows up on crix lists of all-time best pics, is one of a trio of Asian classic remakes that Ziyi Zhang is in negotiations to star in for the Weinstein Co. While the action in “Seven Samurai” takes place in 16th century Japan, Kurosawa drew on the American western for inspiration. And many of Fusco’s previous credits are drawn on that genre, including “Hidalgo,” “Young Guns” and “Thunderheart.”

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