Ok, the syncing of the music with Chris Pratt winking is a bit much Sony, but I get it. The film, slated for release September 23, is a remake of the 1960 film. It was a casting dream then, and the fall release is no different.
Here’s how Sony Pictures describes the film:
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
Yeah, it’s Denzel in a western. Sign me up. It’s a shame we can’t have him throw some Training Day-esque lines in there, but it would be hard to pull off in a period piece.
The September 23 release date is great for the film with a lack of competition. Storks and The Queen of Katwe are the two films bowing the same weekend. Carryover from the previous week shouldn’t be a problem for moviegoers wanting to see a classic remade.
Watching the trailer gives you the sudden urge to dust off your Tombstone DVD.