Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Watch the First Trailer for The Magnificent Seven!

When I first heard MGM had a redo of seminal western The Magnificent Seven in the works, I was reflexively reticent, partly because MGM doesn't have a great track record digging up their library titles, and partly because the original is still such a damn good movie that it doesn't need a remake. Nonetheless, when Training Day director Antoine Fuqua signed on my interest was piqued, and even more when I saw the cast he lined up (Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'onofrio).

Fuqua, of course, bolted the terrible London Has Fallen to make this, and if the new teaser trailer, released this morning, for the September release is anything to go by, he made the right choice. This may be one remake that actually beats the odds. The 1960 version, directed by John Sturgess, starred Yul Brynner, and made movie stars of Steve McQueen and James Coburn, and also spawned a film franchise of its own in the '60s (not to mention a short-lived TV show in the '90s), so I'm sure the Lion has visions of sequels flitting in front of their eyes with the 2016 Magnificent as well. Watch the vid below, and look for the movie this fall.

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