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Tom Cruise attached to MGM’s ‘Magnificent Seven’

Remake project still seeking writer, director

As MGM prepares to start production on “RoboCop” and “Carrie” later this year, the studio is going back to the vault again to develop a remake of John Sturges’ 1960 Western “The Magnificent Seven” with Tom Cruise attached to star.

There is no director onboard yet, though sources tell Variety that MGM has quietly started its search for a writer.

Sources caution that while Cruise has long been interested in saddling up for a “Magnificent Seven” remake, the project is still a long ways off and is not in Cruise’s immediate plans.

“The Magnificent Seven,” itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz as a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits led by Calvera (Eli Wallach). The 1960 film was followed by three sequels, and “The Magnificent Seven” was remade as a CBS series in 1998-2000.

MGM is focused on mining its library for redos. In addition to “RoboCop” and “Carrie,” the Lion is developing remakes of “Poltergeist,” with Sam Raimi producing; “WarGames,” with Seth Gordon directing; “Death Wish,” with Joe Carnahan directing; and “Valley Girl.” Open Road will distribute MGM’s “Red Dawn” remake on Nov. 21.

Cruise next stars in New Line’s musical adaptation “Rock of Ages” and an adaptation of Lee Child’s thriller novel “One Shot,” which Paramount will release on Dec. 21. He will segue from Joseph Kosinski’s “Oblivion,” which is currently filming, into Doug Liman’s Warner Bros. actioner “All You Need Is Kill.”

CAA-repped thesp has a lot of potential projects on his plate, as he’s also attached to star in Universal’s “Van Helsing” and a Paramount comedy spun off from his “Tropic Thunder” character Les Grossman.

Par is also courting Cruise to return for “Top Gun 2,” while Clint Eastwood is eyeing him to star opposite Beyonce in WB’s musical “A Star Is Born.”

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