Before you go crying about Hollywood remaking another classic, please realize that The Magnificent Seven was essentially a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai. It’s basically the same thing, except one is a western.
The remake with Tom Cruise is part of a larger plan that the new MGM has. They want to remake all their old properties into new hotness.
Since being resurrected from the purgatory of bankruptcy, studio MGM has been on a remaking tear, announcing updates and reboots of library titles “Carrie,” “RoboCop,” “War Games,” “Death Wish,” “Valley Girl,” “Poltergeist,” and “Red Dawn.” Remaking a beloved classic like “The Magnificent Seven” is thus not so much of a surprise, even if it is a daunting task considering the esteem with which people hold the original. Having a major movie star like Cruise aboard should, of course, allay most fears.
This new Magnificent Seven will apparently borrow from The Expendables and pack in a bunch of awesome and manly actors. I just hope it’s actually a western and they don’t time jump it into modern times, because we really need more westerns. Like, really really.