The Wild Bunch starred William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, among others, and was nominated for Oscars for original screenplay and score.
The movie is considered the zenith in the filmography of Peckinpah, who also directed such films as Straw Dogs and The Getaway.
Lethal Weapon’s Gibson has been hired to direct the movie and rework a script that the studio had already been working from for a while.
With a stellar cast being lined up and Gibson promising a retooling of the original that will feel fresh and unique enough to justify its existence, things are looking promising for this reboot.
Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx and Peter Dinklage are all rumored to take part in the contemporized remake of the Western about a group of ageing outlaws looking for one last score.
There are also rumors that Jason Momoa will be coming on board, based on photos on his social media.
Bryan Bagby wrote the script with Gibson, and Jerry Bruckheimer is producing. Warner Bros. is financing and releasing.
The film will be Gibson’s first film as director since 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge, which won two Oscars and received four other nominations including Best Picture and Best Director.
Speaking about the project in a recent interview, Gibson said:
“I thought it was a bad idea at first,”
“Why make The Wild Bunch again? Who would do that? I thought about it and I thought about it some more, and then I thought of a way into the story. A way to tell the story. So, I’ve been sitting in a room with a writer and it’s been a blast. So, it started as a bad idea, but it’s heading toward something that could be special.”
King Mel’s current slate is stacked with new projects, and though it’s expected The Wild Bunch has risen to the top of the heap, he’s also working on a story of the World War II saga Destroyer, a Viking epic titled Berserker, and a sequel to his hugely successful The Passion of the Christ.
You can read LMO’s retro review of Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch here.