According to TheWrap, actor Will Smith is in talks to star in and produce a reboot of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 Western The Wild Bunch. Smith will produce through his Overbrook Entertainment banner along with producer Jerry Weintraub, who worked with Smith on 2010’s The Karate Kid.
The original film followed a group of aging outlaws that plan one last score on the Texas-Mexico border as the traditional American West changes around them in 1913. Before you get your hopes up that the reboot will be a western, it’s been reported that the remake will be contemporary. The remake will follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent (presumably Will Smith) who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune.
Warner Bros. has supposedly been developing the project for a number of years. Before his unexpected death, director Tony Scott was developing the project with Oscar-winning writer Brian Helgeland. The studio and producing team are currently looking to hire a new writer and director in the near future.
Will Smith will next be seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi blockbuster After Earth alongside his son Jaden Smith, which opens on May 31st. What do you think of Will Smith starring in and producing a remake of The Wild Bunch? Post your thoughts in the comment section below.