MGM Hires Novelist Nic Pizzolatto to Draft The Magnificent Seven

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MGM has hired novelist-turned-screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto to draft their planned big screen remake of John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven, Variety reports.

The 1960 film, itself a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, starred Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner, Horst Bucholz, James Colburn, Brad Dexter, Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn as seven gunfighters-for-hire tasked with protecting a small Mexican village. It spawned three sequels, 1966’s Return of the Magnificent Seven, 1969’s Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and 1972’s The Magnifcent Seven Ride Again, as well as a television series, simply called “The Magnificent Seven,” that ran two seasons beginning in 1998.

Tom Cruise is attached to star in the new film, but there’s currently no announced production timeframe.