While there are many valid arguments to be made as to whether John Sturges’ 1960 classic Western, The Magnificent Seven needed to be remade, the fact is it has been and the just released trailer is a lot of fun.
Antoine Fuqua has lined up a very intriguing cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Lee Byung-hun, and this first teaser rests heavily on the not-inconsiderable charms of Washington and Pratt (let’s hope the director finds the Pratt sweet spot as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, rather than the unlikeable clod of Jurassic World).
Sturges’ original was itself a remake of course, taking inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 slice of genius, The Seven Samurai, so it’s difficult to get too hot under the collar at this tale getting yet another run around the corral. It remains to be seen if this latest version can also inspire a science-fiction remake (cf. 1980’s Battle Beyond the Stars), just to make the whole cycle nicely reductive.
Meanwhile you can look forward to this iteration hitting both IMAX and non-IMAX screens (i.e. normal screens) in September.