The first trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven is out and it’s chock-full of slam-bang action, and an eclectic ensemble cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.
Check out the trailer below:
Apart from a symphony of gun-cocking and musical stings, the trailer makes the film look like it could be a lot of fun. A perfect, mindless night at the movies – technically well-made with actors at their rugged and charming best. It would seem right at home among this summer’s roster of tent-pole entertainment, but alas, The Magnificent Seven isn’t coming out till the end of September.
In addition to Fuqua directing (and reuniting with his Training Day stars Denzel and Hawke), the film was written by an eclectic trio of writers (so far) including The Blind Side‘s writer-director John Lee Hancock, True Detective head Nic Pizzolatto (Yes. The guy who created and wrote True Detective seasons 1…*sigh* and season 2), and The Equalizer‘s Richard Wenck. This many writers can either suggest an interesting cross-section of tones or a complete mess in quality, one where a studio will step in with severe cuts to make it a mishmash of lowest common denominator entertainment. Like any trailer, only time will tell.
The Magnificent Seven, of course, a remake of the classic 1960 John Sturges Western of the same name, which in turn was a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa’s seminal masterpiece Seven Samurai. The original The Magnificent Seven starred the legendary cast 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).
Here’s the official synopsis for The Magnificent Seven (2016):
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.
A stretched banner was seen displayed on the convention floor at CinemaCon this past week. From left to right it features – albeit a little hard to make out – Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Byung-hun Lee and Martin Sensmeier. The film also features one of our favorite ‘up and comers’ – Haley Bennett.
The Magnificent Seven hits theaters on September 23.
Images: MGM, Columbia Pictures