EXCLUSIVE: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Headed to Baton Rouge, Will Reunite ‘Training Day’ Alums Denzel Washington & Ethan Hawke

by Micah Haley on March 3, 2015

training-dayIt’s time for another remake and a reunion. The Magnificent Seven looks like it’s headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If the title sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a remake of the famous 1960 film that starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli Walach, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and was directed by Western master John Sturges.

Before you start hating on remakes, Sturges’ Seven was itself a remake of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. So please join with me in suspending suspicion until we see the final product.

Training Day co-stars Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and director Antoine Fuqua are set to reunite on the film, which will also star Liam Neeson, Haley Bennett and Jurassic World‘s Chris Pratt. Fuqua will direct from a script written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and John Lee Hancock, who also wrote The Blind Side.

Washington won an Oscar for his performance as Det. Alonzo Harris, a veteran LAPD officer who likes to work outside of the law in order to enforce it. Ethan Hawke was also nominated that year.

The classic story is about the widow of a murdered man who hires a bounty hunter (here played by Washington) to protect her against a ruthless gold baron and his goons, who have taken over a town. The bounty hunter hires six gunmen to help him. And one plus six equals seven.

The MGM/Sony production is eyeing a mid-April start in Baton Rouge, although such big studio films are known to be a little unpredictable. We’ll keep you posted.