'The Wild Bunch': Mel Gibson to direct upcoming remake of 60s classic Western film
The 1969 Sam Peckinpah-directed classic Western action film, 'The Wild Bunch,' is being remade and helming the project will be Mel Gibson. Titled the same, the Warner Brothers film is being written by Gibson himself, along with Bryan Bragby. Gibson is also set to be executive producer for the movie.
Deadline describes the 60's classic, as "an aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the traditional American West is disappearing around them and the industrial age is taking over. They are pursued by a posse led by a former partner they double-crossed."
Peckinpah had written the script of the original movie with Walon Green. The star cast featured included faces like Wiliam Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez, and Ben Johnson.
Despite having evolved to the levels of a 'stylistic masterpiece', reports say the original version was 'considered exceptionally violent.' But at the same time, Warner Brothers has been trying for quite a while now to attempt at making a remake. With Gibson finally on board, looks like they have assigned the task to the right man. And that is because Gibson has titles like the Best Picture-winning film 'Braveheart,' 'Apocalypto' and even the latest Best Picture nominee 'Hacksaw Ridge' to his credit. It's not a far-fetched idea to conclude that Gibson has grown to be one of the best action-directors in the current scenario.
Other than this project, Deadline also reports that "Gibson will continue to prep Destroyer, the WWII drama he will direct that will star his Daddy’s Home 2 co-star Mark Wahlberg, with a script that Rosalind Ross adapted from the John Vukovitz novel. That film is finalizing its financing, but Gibson has scouted locations in Australia, where the film is expected to begin shooting by next spring."
Starring alongside Colin Farrell in the Tommy Wirkola-directed 'War Pigs' for Millennium, Gibson is repped by CAA, while Bagby is CAA and Anonymous Content.