It was revealed late last year that MGM had brought aboard John Lee Hancock to rewrite their long-gestating remake of The Magnificent Seven. Today, Deadline reports that the studio is keen on casting Denzel Washington in a leading role and hopes to re-team him with Training Day and The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua.
Originally drafted by "True Detective" scribe Nic Pizzolatto, The Magnificent Seven will remake the 1960 film directed by John Sturges that itself was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai. Sturges' version starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as a group of disparate gunmen who come together to protect a Mexican village from bandits led by Eli Wallach. It led to a number of sequels as well as a CBS television series.