Denzel Washington Targets 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

By Justin Kroll, Variety

Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua are in early talks to pair up yet again on MGM's remake of The Magnificent Seven.

Both men have the offers and while Washington is still weighing his options. Sources say it's possible both will commit.

The original 1960 pic featured an all-star cast led by Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, and revolved around seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws. It was based on the Akira Kurosawa classic Seven Samurai (1954).

Tom Cruise was originally circling the lead role when the remake first surfaced years ago, and Brad Pitt emerged as a contender after Cruise dropped out.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto writing the previous version.

Washington and Fuqua first teamed up on the hit Training Dayand their next pic, The Equalizer bows this September. Washington is repped by WME and Fuqua is repped by CAA.

Schmoes Know broke the news that Washington had the offer.

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