The Weinstein Company’s remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai (first announced for development nearly four years ago) has signed a director. Variety reports that Scott Mann is set to helm the remake.
Mann is best known for his 2009 action film, The Tournament. His take on the tale will update the storyline to present-day Thailand and will replace the Samurai with “paramilitary contractors,” defending a village from would-be invaders.
Released in 1954, Seven Samurai is generally considered to be among the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. It inspired the 1960 John Sturges western The Magnificent Seven and will also allegedly influence the upcoming Snow White reimagining, Snow and the Seven at Walt Disney Pictures.