by Justin Cook
Ethan Hawke is in final negotiations to join the cast of The Magnificent Seven, meaning that he will once again be working with his Training Day co-star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua.
The film is based on 1954’s Seven Samurai, and is a remake of 1960’s The Magnificent Seven, which told the tale of seven gunslingers who must defend a Mexican village from evil bandits. Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Yul Brynner and more starred in the 1960 film.
Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett have also signed on to star, while John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto will pen the script. In the past, Hancock has written and directed Saving Mr. Banks and The Blind Side, and Pizzolatto has written HBO’s True Detective.
MGM has been developing the project since 2012, along with Robocop, Poltergeist and other remakes of older films.
In 2001, both Washington and Hawke were nominated for their performances in Training Day, with Washington winning in his category. The film was fairly successful at the box office as well, grossing over $100 million worldwide, which was more than twice it’s budget.
Since then, Fuqua has become one of Hollywood’s best action directors, helming such films as Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen and last year’s The Equalizer, which also reteamed the director with Washington. Fuqua’s next film Southpaw will hit theaters later this year. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the film, which has been written by Kurt Sutter.
Hawke is coming off of an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Boyhood, and excellent reviews for his mind-bending sci-fi film Predestination. In the future, Hawke can be seen in Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill, Alejandro Amenábar’s Regression and Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence.
The actor has also recently directed a documentary on piano teacher Seymour Bernstein entitled Seymour: An Introduction.