John Adams and Angry Badger Pictures have brought on Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh to helm a modern-day version of The Magnificent Seven, entitled the Magnificent Eleven -- that's 4 more if you do the math.
The classic 1960 western will be reimagined as a gritty UK comedy in which "the Cowboys are a local amateur soccer team, the Indians run a nearby Tandoori restaurant and the bandits are a group of menacing thugs run by a maniac called Blonde Bob."
Sean Bean (Troy, LOTR) and Dougray Scott (M:I II, Hitman) have joined Robert Vaughan --the last surviving cast member from the original Magnificent Seven -- for the modern-day remake.
Adams said in a statement:
Having worked with Irvine Welsh on his feature film Good Arrows, I am certain that the team we have assembled for The Magnificent Eleven can deliver a quality feature film with massive commercial potential.
I can already here The Streets rapping over the Magnificent Seven theme song. To try and outdo the orginal would be a fatal mistake, so putting a comedic and modern day spin on it somewhat side steps in the heresy of remaking such a classic... not that Hollywood cares. I guess we'll just have to wait until we hear more about the plot, because I can't think of a reason that football players are having it out with a Tandoori restaurant. Bad service? As for the cast, can't complain... solid all around, though "Eleven" constitutes a much bigger cast so expect to hear more names soon.
What do you think of the adaptations/updates they are doing in the remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN?