[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ill Smith is contemplating the lead role in Warner Bros. remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic western The Wild Bunch, which is to be set in the modern-day.
Peckinpah’s bloody original saw a team of outlaws looking to take on one last heist job on the Texas-Mexico border. The film was set in 1913 as the Old West was disappearing into the dust.
The remake will, according to the Wrap, move the events to contemporary America where a former DEA agent forms a team of badasses to take on a Mexican drug cartel. Presumably Smith will play the DEA agent, though we’re sure Warner Bros. will assemble a big name cast around him.
The studio has been trying to get this one off the ground for years. Tony Scott was set to direct a Brian Helgeland (L.A Confidential) script before his death in 2012. The studio is now looking for a new director and writer for the film.
If Smith signs on he will also be producing through his Overbrook Entertainment banner. Overlook have recently produced Smith starrer and M. Night Shyamalan directed sci-fi After Earth, which also stars Smith’s son Jaden. Smith’s company is also producing Sony’s Annie remake, starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx.
Well let’s hope Smith can wipe his western slate clean after the ill received Wild Wild West. After Earth lands in UK cinemas on June 7.