Will Smith in Talks to Star in and Produce 'Wild Bunch' Remake
Will Smith might be involved in another Western action film. After starring in 1999's "Wild Wild West", the father of rising star Jaden Smith is offered to be a leading man as well as a producer in untitled The Wild Bunch remake, a new take of Sam Peckinpah's classic film in 1969 from Warner Bros.
If Smith eventually reaches an agreement, the actor will produce under Overbrook Entertainment banner alongside his partner in producing "The Karate Kid", Jerry Weintraub. The studio is currently seeking a new writer to replace Brian Helgeland, who had been penning half of the script with the film's then-helmer Tony Scott before Scott died last year.
Starring William Holden and Robert Ryan, the original film centered on a group of aging outlaws that planned one last score on the Texas-Mexico border as the traditional American West changed around them in 1913. The new take is said to follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune.
Since the project is in early development stage, no start date has been set yet.
Currently attached to star in "Focus", Smith will next be seen acting alongside his son in "After Earth", a sci-fi pic from director M. Night Shyamalan.
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