Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt may be joining Denzel Washington in the upcoming remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven. The hit 1960 movie, which was inspired by the Japanese picture The Seven Samurai, centers on a gang of outlaws and gunslingers who are hired to protect a Mexican village.
John Lee Hancock, whose writing credits include the biographical sports drama The Blind Side, is reportedly working on the screenplay.
The film will reunite Washington with director Antoine Fuqua, who is set to helm the project. The two previously worked together on Training Day and more recently The Equalizer.
In discussions about great westerns, The Magnificent Seven is nearly always ranked among the best. The movie was popular enough to spawn two sequels—Guns of the Magnificent Seven in 1969 and The Magnificent Seven Ride! in 1972. It was also the basis for a TV series in the late 1990s. It will be interesting to see how the cast for this remake compares to the original, which featured iconic actors Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Eli Wallach.
Chris Pratt has passed on some high-profile movies lately. The actor can afford to be selective in the roles he chooses after the huge success of Guardians of the Galaxy. He is currently filming Jurassic World, which is due to open in theaters June 12, 2015.
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