CinemaCon 2016 is in full swing right now in Las Vegas, where all of the movie studios are showing off their blockbuster releases for the next few years. One of the movies making a splash is The Magnificent Seven remake. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, best known for Training Day and The Equalizer, this big budget Western once again re-teams him with the star of those two movies, Denzel Washington, who can be seen in his full cowboy getup right in the center of a new banner that also shows off the rest of this cast.
The Magnificent Seven reboot script comes from John Lee Hancock, best known for A Perfect World, and Nic Pizzolatto, the writer behind HBO's acclaimed drama series True Detective. The movie hits theaters this September, and boasts quite an ensemble alongside leading man Denzel Washington. It is a remake of the classic 1960 John Sturges Western of the same name, which in turn was a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai.
Seen on this wide stretching banner are Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Vasquez, Vincent D'Onofrio as Jack Horne, Chris Pratt as Josh Farraday, Denzel Washington as Sam Chisholm, Ethan Hawke as Goodnight Robicheaux, Byung-hun Lee as Billy Rocks and Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest. The actors are a little hard to make out. The photo was snapped off the CinemaCon convention floor. Also starring in the movie, but not pictured here are Haley Bennett, Matt Bomer, Luke Grimes, Billy Slaughter, Sean Bridgers, Cam Gigandet, Vinnie Jones, and Peter Sarsgaard who stars as the villain Bartholomew Bogue.
The original The Magnificent Seven starred the legendary line-up of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, and Charles Bronson. That film spawned a couple of sequels, including Return of the Seven (1966), Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969), and The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972). We're sure that if this reboot is a hit, we can expect remakes of those as well.
In The Magnificent Seven, desperate townspeople hire seven mercenaries (Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke) to battle a ruthless industrialist (Peter Sarsgaard) in the Old West. You can get your first look in the Tweets included below. What do you think? Will this be a massive hit at the box office? Or are we looking at another bland remake in a seas of endless remakes? We think it looks pretty cool!