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SEVEN SAMURAI Remake Has Its Director

Nordling here.

This doesn't sound so much like a remake as it does a reinterpretation along the lines of THE MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, or A BUG'S LIFE.  Variety reports today that the Weinstein Company in conjunction with Japan's Kurosawa Productions has found a director for its SEVEN SAMURAI remake, and that director is Scott Mann (THE TOURNAMENT).

The film looks to be about a small Thailand village that recruits seven top mercenaries from around the world to help fend off an attack.  So, yeah, I guess you could call it a remake, although at least it's not a true samurai film, for which I'm grateful.

I'm of very mixed opinion on this - the original may very well be my favorite film of all time, but I can recognize the fact that the story tropes are so universal that they could be changed up to apply to any kind of genre.  This is just another iteration.  As long as they don't actually call it SEVEN SAMURAI, which would be silly, this might be okay, emphasis on might.  It also depends on who they get to play the mercs.  I'd imagine something a la THE EXPENDABLES, where old and new action heroes alike line up to play the merc team. 

I am not familiar with Scott Mann's work as a director at all, so I have no opinion on how suited he is for the job.  Just don't mess this up, please.  If they're going to do a remake of this classic piece of cinema, at least the original will still be on my shelf, always ready to watch.  It would be nice if the Weinstein Brothers offered to put out SEVEN SAMURAI for theatrical release, just to pay proper respects.

Nordling, out.

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  • May 3, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by Shaw


  • May 3, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Just got the original on blue ray

    by Mr Soze

    Watched it, and thought it was brilliant

  • May 3, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Even the Clone Wars remade this story

    by 0007

    in the brilliant season 2 episode, "Bounty Hunters".

  • May 3, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    They won't understand what makes the original work

    by Richie

    You should watch JJ Abrams talk on TED. He mentions how people tried to copy Jaws but didn't understand that it was the scenes like the one between Brody and his son gurning that made the film great. So many amazing moments in Seven Samurai but they'll just include the fighting...knobs!

  • May 3, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    There will be zero asians in this movie

    by Jason

    Except as the villagers the white guys (plus a black dude and/or latino guy) save. Or maybe one asian chick that the white protagonist will bang. Skipping this one.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    It's about time!

    by Money Daniels

    This thing has been crying for a remake! I wanna see Kevin Smith take the reins!!! PURPA SADU!

  • May 3, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    They've already remade this...

    by Flames gotta Eat

    And it's Miike's 13 Assassins and it's fucking awesome. Nothing to see her move along.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by ahdvd

  • May 3, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by grendel69

    Please just dont. Its been remade enough already.

  • ...because Hollywood doesnt have the balls to make a movie about the villain. So it's safe, thank god.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The Tournament was fun

    by Jarek

    It had good action and was unapologetically R-Rated.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    What is the point of this?

    by lv_426

    At this rate we might as well consider the early 80's Christopher Walken mercenary film The Dogs of War, as a Seven Samurai remake or homage too.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Dumb ideas are dumb

    by ByTor

    Stupid fucking Hollywood hacks. Howzabout a Citizen Kane remake next? Morons.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I'm holding out for a Casablanca remake

    by David Cloverfield

    in stylized, black and white look (except fires, gunshots and some other stuff that would be color like Sin City) also: CGI zeppelins in the background for no reason. You know some poor misguided commercial director one day will convince the studios about doing something like this.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    FOR GOD F#CK SAKE NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Professor_Bedlam

    There is no need to remake this film! It is a classic and should not be touched! I will not go out and see this film! Some films should not be remade! This is one of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 3, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    @david cloverfield

    by ByTor

    Absolutely. And who can wait for the Godfather remake, featuring guys jumping through the air in slow motion holding a pistol in each hand? Seriously, I'm generally a fairly libertarian sort of guy, but things like this make me yearn for enforced eugenics.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    lol: CGI zeppelins in the background for no reason..awesome!

  • May 3, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Where are the THOR reviews..?

    by D o o d

    didn't know where to put that comment so I just stuck it in here!

  • May 3, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    by Scott

    Easy, brother. I'm worried about you...

  • Although, I suppose we are already getting that with Real Steel.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Men of War anyone? A 1994 movie with Dolph Lundgren.

    by urda

  • Maybe instead of being a news photographer, the protagonist can be an ex-special forces operative stuck in his apartment due to a broken leg.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Wow, a remake....

    by Tom Fremgen

    I suppose a full color modern take could be very cool, but turning it into something like the Clash of the Titans remake or 300 (which I did like) or Sucker Punch- NO please please please please! Don't turn this 'simple' story into a giant ridiculous special effects bulbous bouffant summer movie- ie anyone fighting on wires, and I'm staying home.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    It's A Wonderful Life

    by lv_426

    will probably be re-imagined as taking place in some dystopic, tech noir future.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Thank God there were no assuole fanboys in 1959

    by Hesiod2k7

    "WTF?!? They are turning 'Seven Samurai' into a fucking WESTERN? Starring YUL BRYNER AND Horst Buckholz?!? Who came up with this stupid turd if an idea? And I heard that hack Elmer Bernstein was scoring this pike if shit. Ugh."

  • May 3, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    P.S. The only director who should be

    by Hesiod2k7

  • May 3, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by WriteForTheEdit

    I'll design the poster, too, if you want. Call me.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    This is made for Tarantino. He'd kill to make...

    by Hesiod2k7

    ... his version of Seven Samurai.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Scott Mann says:

    by kwisatzhaderach

    "I'll show that Kurosawa jerk how it SHOULD be done."

  • May 3, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    Is S7MURAI some sort of mash up between SE7EN and SEVEN SAMURAI?

  • May 3, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    How about Fast Seven and the Furious Samurai?

    by lv_426

    Maybe that is gonna be how they tie all the Fast & Furious films in with Tokyo Drift?

  • May 3, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    lv_426: that wasn't my original intention, but I LIKE IT!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Turns out that one of the "samurai" is really a serial killer. If I were a Hollywood studio executive, I'd be masturbating right now.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Or, no, wait: ALL the "samurai" are serial killers!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Oh, fuck me sideways with a chainsaw...

  • I'm not a Hollywood executive, but I am masturbating right now!!!!!!!!

  • May 3, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    And the fucking point of this is...?

    by BiggusDickus

  • May 3, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Hopefully, the Jaws remake is next.


    Directed by Brett Ratner.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Citizen Kane remake!

    by ByTor

    Featuring Tom Berenger as Charles Foster Kane, Shia Lebouf as Jedidiah, Megan Fox as Susan, and Justin Bieber as the jigsaw puzzle.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    This article is retarded

    by fumbles

    Obviously a straight to video interpretation of the core mythos of the Seven Samurai. Any discussion is pointless considering this happens a thousand times a year. Doesn't anybody watch STV shlock?

  • May 3, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Next thing you know, some asshole will remake Romeo & Juliet...

    by Hesiod2k7

    ...starring Animated lawn gnomes.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    They are already doing that, halfbreedqueen...

    by Hesiod2k7

    ...with classic novels. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!

  • May 3, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by JackSlater4

  • Not a remake at all

  • May 3, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    what the FUCK

    by bobsjohnson

    STOP. I don't care if it's not really a remake. JUST STOP.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I'm the guy that saw The Tournament

    by torontoxic

    and it sucked HUGE. It was pure amateur hour. This idiot must have taken something sideways up the ass from someone important or he has connected parents.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Speaking of amateur hour

    by JackSlater4

    Has anyone watched the Pirates clip posted on Yahoo? Fuck you Rob Marshall. You can't direct action for shit. But maybe if the whole movie is as bad that scene is people will start giving a little more credit to directors like Michael Bay.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    It will be a multi-rational cast of characters with a...

    by Arafel

    ...White, a Black, a Latino, a Jew, an Arab, a Native-American, and an Asian dude who is a martial arts master. Oh yes, it will kick ass and teach us all a lesson on racial harmony. It will break down doors and racial stereotypes. However, the cast will be all Men, because Women should stay home, have babies, and have the fucking dinner waiting there for him when he gets back! And he will get back when he fucking feels like it!!!!!

  • May 3, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by Daniel Sohinki

    Seconded on that Sword of Doom comment. What an amazing fucking movie.

  • May 3, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    The Tournament is Pretty Awesome!

    by Mike

    Definitely an action film worth checking out if you haven't! Liam Cunningham (who I guarantee you have seen in a thousand movies even if you don't know his name) is so bad ass in it!

  • May 3, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by PotSmokinAlien

    It's the Weinsteins, man... They're *totally* gonna call it THE SEVEN SAMURAI.

  • May 3, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    They won't call it Seven Samurai

    by D.Vader

    The Weinsteins aren't THAT fucking stupid...

  • May 3, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    I like Verbinski a lot

    by D.Vader

    I think he's one of my favorite of the new blockbuster directors. Pirates, The Ring, Mousehunt... he likes different genres and he's done some great work in them.

  • May 3, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Waiting for the remake of Roots...

    by zaggnutt

    ...with all white people.

  • May 4, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    The Tournament was bad, really bad.....

    by WrongTurn

    fucking horrible bad.

  • May 4, 2011, 6:10 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones


  • May 4, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, just leave shit alone.

    by shutupfanboy

    It worked once for Magnificent Seven and Clone Wars did a nice homage with it. But that is all it was, it was a homage not redoing the entire piece. Can no one think if anything new in Hollywood?

  • May 4, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Do the 47 Ronin or a Lone Wolf and Cub series but

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    leave one of the greatest movies of all time alone you stupid hacks.

  • May 4, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Sword of Doom is incredible

    by NightArrows

    I really wish they were able to finish the next two films to make it a trilogy. That would have been pretty damn epic.

  • May 4, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Well if you're gonna have A Bug's Life up mentioned,


    then you need to have Three Amigos!

  • May 4, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Remake of To Kill a Mockingbird

    by ByTor

    Chris Pine as Atticus Finch, Megan Fox as Maudie, 50 Cent as Tom Robinson, and Justin Bieber as the voice of the CGI Boo Radley.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    You've Got To Be Fucking Kidding Me

    by NeonFrisbee

    As if there were any way that this could possibly improve on the ABSOLUTELY PERFECT original directed by the Master, Kurosawa. De-evolution is very real and I FUCKING HATE IT.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Lemme Guess: The Cast Is All White Guys Now?

    by NeonFrisbee


  • May 4, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    battle beyond the stars was the remake

    by john

    this is really pointless

  • May 4, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Sword of Doom

    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    Excellent film is excellent.

  • May 4, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    This story can be re-made a 1000x...

    by crazypants

    Because, and all credit to Kurosawa if he originally thought it up, but this story is perfect. You can translate this story to any period, culture, attitude, fictional or historical andit will work (if done correctly) because the story ROCKS! Seven Samurai is awesome, and the Magnificent Seven is friggin' awesome. So I'll never bitch about this story being remade because, again as long as its done well, it will always be kick ass enterainment. Only fools lacking in imagination fear an all White cast - SEALs, Mossad, Jihadists, Triads, Yakuza, African commandos, etc - bad-asses come in all colors and creeds.

  • May 4, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by Midnight Racketeer

    what kind of disrespectful asshole would touch this?

  • May 4, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Lone Wolf and Cub

    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    Instead of an unwarranted remake I would prefer Media Blasters release the remaining seasons of the television series.

  • May 4, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Remake Godfather!

    by ByTor

    Nic Cage as Don Corleone, Ashton Kutcher as Sonny, Chris Pine as Fredo, Shia Lebouf as Michael, Megan Fox as Kay, and Justin Bieber as the orange.

  • I understand that for most of you it's the princepal of the thing that Lucas changed the movies but like I said earlier inserting Ian. M's Emperor adds continuity for the new generation of Star Wars fans. I think the ESB changes aren't all that bad. I dont mind the blue tint on Hoth and the other color timing issues but I really digg the extra Emperor/Vader dialogue. It adds a bit more to Vaders intentions and overall arc. So sure everything else from Han not being the only shooter and the dance sequence sucks balls can't anyone admit that this change(which actually was a DVD change not special edition 1997 release change) was a good one. Luke NOT screaming was a good change via the DVDs as well(even though the problem was created by 1997 release in the first place). So anyone else think adding the "real" Emperor was a worthy alteration to ESB?

  • May 4, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I've never even seen 7 Samurai and I think this is blasphemous

    by Kremzeek

    The only thing worse would be re-doing the Godfather at this point (as has been pointed out by others too). At this point, I've already quit seeing movies in theatres altogether (the last film I saw on the big screen was Dark Knight). If this trend continues it'll only be a matter of time before I will only buy and watch catalogue titles. Fuck "NuHollywood". Oh, and NDALLY: No, you are not alone. I like that change (pretty much the only one I like - that, and the new entry into Cloud City). Although, I'm not particularly fond of the new dialogue.

  • May 4, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Remake 2001: A Space Odyssey!

    by ByTor

    Ashton Kutcher as Dave Bowman, Shia Lebouf as Frank Poole, Megan Fox as Dr. Heywood Floyd, Chris Pine as the voice of HAL, and Justin Bieber as the dehydrated space food.

  • May 4, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Godfather, 2001, Jaws remakes et al...

    by crazypants

    The Godfather is a timeless yet very specific tale of group of characters brought to life by iconic actors who pretty much made the story and the characters within inimitable. The story is of the Corleones and their people in America and NY from the 1940's through 1958 (let's ignore GF3). No reason to re-tell the story, because it exists in beautiful color and sound and it was already told perfectly, and again it is a very specific story told in a specific voice about a specific group of people. Seven Samurai is about a group of opressed people hiring 7 dangerous violent people to fight a larger group of dangerous violent people. The plot can and does apply to anybody in the world. In every culture, every language, every age of Man there has been poor people and the violent men who exploit the poor and there have always been groups of violent men fighting each other. Ancient Mayan culture, Ancient Rome, Phoenicians, modern Iraq, Zulu, Chinese, outer space, underwater, animated, puppets - you can apply the story to anything and it's still a great story. Remake the Godfather with talking Old West mice and it'd be a joke.

  • May 4, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    13 Assassins already mined that turf and took it to 11.

    by Lemonator

    Let great films inspire us to make other great films, not remake them. 13 Assassins is a great film. Director Takashi Miike tips his hat to Seven Samurai (and many other samurai classics), but has created his own epic and it is spectacular. Maybe we're in for a new wave of Samurai movies - if so, I hope they aren't all remakes.

  • May 4, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    What?! No Renny Harlin??

    by venvariants

    Where's Brett Ratner when you need him?! I thought they only remade classics with the very worst directors??

  • May 4, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    oops wrong talkback

    by ndally

  • May 4, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Remake 2009's Star Trek. And this time make it good.

    by AsimovLives

  • May 4, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Remake Treks 3, 5, 7, and 10 while you're at it too

    by Kremzeek

  • May 4, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    dstrange, ther's nothing wrong with ST 3.

    by AsimovLives

    This "odd numbers ST" movies dogma bullshit has to end once and for all. ST3 is a damn fine movie.

  • May 4, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    ST3 is OK, but not "damned fine"

    by ByTor

    Lloyd was horribly miscast as Kruge. Also, the movie gets a bit draggy in spots, and the whole thing on Mt. Seleya goes on way too long. The Klingons in general were morons, and IMO this movie did serious damage to the Klingons as a whole. Are you telling me this group of nitwits is from the same race that produced Kor as seen in Errand of Mercy? And let's not even get into the suckfest that is Robin Curtis. There are also a lot of great bits, and overall it's a decent movie. It's the best of the odd-numbered flicks for sure, but I would not call it damned fine.

  • May 4, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    But I wouldn't remake 3

    by ByTor

    I would, however, remake Generations, Insurrection, and Nemesis. As for 5...I don't think Stanley Fucking Kubrick could've fixed that one.

  • May 4, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by Roketopunch

    I would think Bieber would be playing Scout?

  • May 4, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    I hate Hollywood.

    by The Aquarian 1


  • May 5, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Throne of Blood, anyone?

    by mrgray

    Kurosawa ripped off William Shakespeare! THAT BASTARD!!!!!!

  • May 5, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Anyone notice Kurosawa Productions is involved?

    by Hipshot

    That's a Japanese company, folks. This isn't "Hollywood." Thinking it will be all white guys is absurd. Even in general--that ship has sailed, and you'll never see it again. Multi-racial, multinational. You want the world's money, you have to show the world's faces. No way there won't be a Japanese, and probably a Chinese as well. KUROSAWA productions. If the Japanese decide to make another version of a favorite story, it isn't "Hollywood" it's just the nature of business.