The people at MGM have brought on Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock to rewrite the script for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven; however, according to a report from The Wrap, Tom Cruise is no longer attached to the project.
Cruise first became interested in the role back in 2012 when MGM first began development on the remake; however, as you can imagine, Cruise has a pretty hectic schedule, and it has finally reached the point where it was determined that he would not be able to move forward.
The film is based off of the 1960 film of the same name which starred Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and many more. Ideally, the concept in whole was based off of filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s classic film Seven Samurai.
Writer Nic Pizzolatto, who is currently working on the HBO Original Series True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was brought on by MGM to write the initial version of the script.
This is certainly not the first time that Hancock has dabbled in the world of Westerns. Hancock was among a trio of writers responsible for the 2004 Walt Disney film The Alamo, of which Hancock also directed.
This is also not the first time that he has been charged with an important project. Hancock just recently finished up work on Disney’s latest venture Saving Mr. Banks, which chronicles the real life story of how the father of the worldwide empire bearing his name, Walt Disney, worked with author P.L. Travers to bring her story Mary Poppins to life on the big screen. He also directed Sandra Bullock in the film The Blindside.
Right now, as the film is still in development, there are not a lot of details available about casting, release dates, etc. However, I am sure that as the script begins to near completion, we will begin to hear a whole new string of rumors regarding additions to the film.