Will Smith Is Helping to Reboot ‘The Wild Bunch’ For Warner Bros.

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I’d say it’s important to get any terrible references to Wild Wild West out of your head.  Yes, a reboot of The Wild Bunch will star Will Smith, but this will not be a western, and sure as hell won’t be a comedy-action film.

Warner Bros. has been trying to reboot the original property for years.  It’s been in the hands of Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential, 42), the late Tony Scott and even David Ayer (End of Watch).  The original western starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien and was written/directed by the great Sam Peckinpah, followed a group of aging outlaws who aimed to capture one last score in Mexico.  It was a unique film for a couple of reasons: a) it was pretty violent for 1969; and b) the story was backdropped by changing times, as the outlaws find themselves outdated in 1913, when the American West wasn’t what it used to be.

Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, is partnering with Jerry Weintraub to re-imagine the tale in a contemporary setting, focusing on a disgraced D.E.A agent who assembles a team to pursue a Mexican drug lord.  Weintraub previously shared producing credits with Smith on The Karate Kid remake.

Will Smith and his son Jaden can be soon seen on the big screen in M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, hitting theatres on May 31st.

Source: The Wrap

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