Antoine Fuqua looks to make his mark in the history books of westerns with his take on 'The Magnificent Seven' coming out this fall. This will technically be the third version of this story as John Sturges' 1960 film was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film 'Seven Samurai'. This is exhausting. Enough of the pessimism. I'm a fan of Antoine Fuqua for the most part as 'Training Day' is a film I watch at least once every other year and his most recent films 'Southpaw' and 'The Equalizer' have been just fine if not quite good.
The plot to 'Magnificent Seven' is listed as "Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves".
M7 has an absolutely stacked cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennet, Ethan Hawke, Byung-Hun Lee, Vincent D'Onofrio and many many others filling out the roles on both sides of this conflict.
With a rather modern trailer and a director who leans more heavily into the action and grit that fleshed out character drama sometimes, we should be ready for something decidedly modern when this debuts this fall. Only time will tell and this could very well turn out to be a modern western classic. Who knows...