Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx and Peter Dinklage are in early talks to join Mel Gibson’s upcoming remake of ‘The Wild Bunch.’ According to Deadline, Gibson directs the movie from a screenplay he co-wrote with Bryan Bagby. The movie is a modern retelling of the 1969 Western classic directed by Sam Peckinpah. Warner Bros finances the project which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Bryan Bagby also serves as one of the executive producers. The movie is expected to start rolling filming in the Fall.
‘The Wild Bunch’ marks Gibson’s return to the director’s chair after the critically acclaimed 2016 movie ‘Hacksaw Ridge.’ The anti-war epic won two Oscars and received four other nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson.
The plot of ‘The Wild Bunch’ follows a loose gang of outlaws active along the US.-Mexico border. The original is considered as a masterpiece from the master of Western machismo flicks, Sam Peckinpah. William Holden and Ernest Borgnine played the lead roles in Peckinpah’s version. The movie earned two Oscar nominations for original screenplay and score. Peckinpah co-wrote the script with Walon Green and Roy N. Sickner. Shot in Technicolor and Panavision, ‘The Wild Bunch’ went on to become a cult classic for Peckinpah’s groundbreaking storytelling, gritty action sequences and raw plot setting.
The movie was also hailed for its multi-layered narrative that incorporates themes like the Mexican revolution, Mexico as a hideout for American outlaws and the human condition in the hostile Wild West.
Meanwhile, Fassbender is set to star in ‘Kung Fury 2,’ which is a follow-up to 2015 short ‘Kung Fury.’ The project features an ensemble cast including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eiza Gonzalez and David Hasselhoff.
Foxx’s upcoming project is ABC’s ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons’ which is set to air on May 22. The project brings the two classic sitcoms together and recreates a befitting tribute to their legacy.
Gibson’ has movies like the long-awaited ‘Rothchild’ and ‘Destroyer’ in the pipeline. In ‘Rothchild,’ the Oscar-winning actor plays the lead role alongside Shia LaBeouf, with Jon S. Baird directing. ‘Destroyer‘ takes back Gibson to the director’s chair again. The movie is reportedly based on the naval warfare history of World War II. More details of the project are kept under tight wraps.