UPDATED: Well, here is an update on this and what Mel has to say.
“I thought it was a bad idea at first. Why make ‘The Wild Bunch’ again? Who would do that? I thought about it and I thought about it some more, and then I thought of a way. A way to tell the story. So I’ve been sitting in a room with a writer and its been a blast.
So it started as a bad idea, but it’s heading toward something that could be special. It’s about last chances and guys with lives of accrued violence…Those guys [in the original film]? They laugh a lot, but it isn’t funny.”
PREVIOUSLY: Mel Gibson is going to co-write, executive produce and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s iconic 1969 western The Wild Bunch at Warner Bros. Pictures, according to Deadline.
The old classic centered on an ageing group of outlaws looking for one last big score as the traditional American West is disappearing around them and the industrial age is taking over.
On the way, they are hunted by a gang led by a former partner they double-crossed. Wiliam Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez and Ben Johnson co-starred.
Bryan Bagby will also co-write the remake which has been in the works for nearly a decade with Tony Scott previously linked as director.