Chris Pratt, the rapidly rising star of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming Jurassic World, is eyeing a saddle across from Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) big screen western remake, The Magnificent Seven. The Hollywood Reporter has the news, also confirming that the “Parks and Recreation” star was sought for and passed on Seth Gordon’s upcoming video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
Originally drafted by “True Detective” scribe Nic Pizzolatto (since rewritten by The Blind Side‘s John Lee Hancock), 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.
Pratt will also star in the final season of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and recently signed on to headline the comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking.
ComingSoon.net recently chatted with Fuqua about his plans for The Magnificent Seven during the junket for his recent The Equalizer. You can check those video interviews out right here.
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