I will be the first to admit that I am old at 52 and I happen to love Westerns. Growing up with a father born in Kentucky, and a mother from Oklahoma, my tastes in music and film partially stemmed from their influence. And one of those influences is the appreciation of country music. I get that from my mom and dad. Films on the other hand, were directly influenced by my father. I grew up watching John Wayne films that my father enjoyed. And I enjoy them too. The last Western I watched was the intriguing Cowboys vs Aliens that I found “amusing,” to say the least. My dad would have laughed at this.
So, normally, whenever a new Western was on TV that my father had not seen before, my older brother and I made a family night together with dad.
One of my father’s favorite films was The Magnificent Seven. Also, The Alamo – but that’s another story entirely. It was with interest that I found Training Day and The Equalizer helmer Antoine Fuqua was directing a remake of this classic. But instead of a small Mexican village being terrorized by gun runners, we are having a mining town victimized and taken over by a gold baron.
So who is taking over the iconic roles portrayed by the original cast members? Let’s see: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Wagner Moura and Vincent D’Onofrio, and as of this week, actor Byung-hun Lee as “Billy Rocks” and actor Jason Momoa as the villain.
Lee, who will be co-starring in Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genysis this July and Momoa, currently attached as Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as his own standalone film in a few years, are in very good company along with HBO’s True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto penning the screenplay. The film is coming out on January 13, 2017 from MGM, with extra dilligence needed as we await more info on Fuqua‘s hopeful return to direct the officially greenlit sequel to last year’s The Equalizer.
For others, if boxing dramas are more your speed, Fuqua‘s Southpaw arrives in late July!
H/T: ComingSoon.net via THR, Deadline