'Unstoppable' director Tony Scott may remake 'The Wild Bunch.' Let's cast it for him!


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Is there a Peckinpahlooza breaking out in Hollywood? EW has confirmed reports that Warner Bros. is in talks with Tony Scott (Top Gun, Unstoppable) to direct a remake of The Wild Bunch, the notoriously bloody and totally classic 1969 Western about aging outlaws originally helmed by the legendary Sam Peckinpah. News of the re-do comes as Screen Gems prepares to release the James Marsden/Kate Bosworth thriller Straw Dogs, another remake of an equally controversial Peckinpah flick starring  Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. Peckinpah’s filmography is peppered with pulpy cult classics beloved by cineastes and geeks, including The Osterman Weekend, The Killer Elite, The Getaway, and the exquisitely titled Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia. If a convoy of Peckinpah rediscovery is trucking our way, we can only hope the next one will be, yes, Convoy, the 1978 Kris Kristofferson/Ali McGraw vehicle that featured what most reasonable, right-thinking people believe to be the greatest movie theme song ever.

While we dare to dream impossible dreams, we invite you to suggest casting ideas for this potential Tony Scott-directed reboot of The Wild Bunch, which, if done faithfully, offers some plum parts for graying action stars. (Call it: The Expendables Goes Country. Or: RED Goes To The Rodeo!) Let’s get things started by nominating Harrison Ford for the William Holden role. Cowboys And Aliens may not have shot the lights out at the box office, but at least it had the inspired, long-overdue notion of putting Han Solo — cinema’s greatest space cowboy — in something close to a real old-fashioned oater. I’d pay $10 to see him back in a saddle again. Who’s with me?

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  • Figas

    Greatest movie theme song ever????????? hahahahahaha….. and I agree, Ford is great for the William Holden role.

  • GHB

    Oh dear God, WHY????

  • Marten

    NO!!!! Is NOTHING sacred?!…. of course not. Why am I even asking? Hopefully more people will watch the original as a result. F you Tony Scott.

  • Greg

    No, don’t cast it. Don’t make it.

  • Bob

    Clint Eastwood – William Holden role (“Pike”)
    Bruce Willis – Ernest Borgnine role (“Dutch”)
    Samuel L. Jackson – Robert Ryan role (“Deke”)
    Gene Hackman – Warren Oates role (“Lyle”)

    Of course this cast will never happen, but a guy can dream. Imagine seeing Clint Eastwood in one more western before he hangs up his boots.

    • Nunyaz

      Samuel L. Jackson? I’ll pass thanks.

  • Trevor

    Yeah, leave it alone completely. Scott is no Peckinpah, (though he edits every scene in all his films like it’s the final machine gun showdown in THE WILD BUNCH). How about an original Western directed by John Carpenter starring Kurt Russell? Now THAT I’d see!

  • Mark Best

    First, cast Ernest Borgnine as old man Sykes. Then Kris Kristofferson as Deke Thornton. These Peckinpah vets will start things off on the right foot. Then get Jeff Bridges to play Pike, James Caan as Dutch, and Sam Elliott and Dennis Franz as the Gorch Brothers.

    • Lynn Ash

      Isn’t Ernest Borgnine dead?

      • orville

        No, but he is 94 years old, so who knows if he’d be up for a movie role? But then again, Eli Wallach is 96 and he’s still acting. And Kirk Douglas is 95 and still doing stuff now and again.

    • T.E. Lyons

      These are inspired choices. Well done! I like your cast better than the choice or remake director.

  • josh

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one opposed to this.First of all,the very idea of remaking such a classic is a really terrible idea.Second,if it must be done,DON’T GIVE THE JOB TO TONY SCOTT!!That hack will take a sledgehammer to it,rendering it incomprehensible with his inept editing.

  • sdr

    please god don’t do this- leave it alone! go write a god damn original movie!!

  • paul m.

    Mel Gibson as Pike Bishop
    Tommy Lee Jones as Dutch
    Sam Elliot as Deke Thornton
    Vincent D’Onofrio as The Gorch Brothers
    William Fichtner

    Scorsese should be directing it though.


  • Van Der Woodsen

    Harrison Ford, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce & Gabriel Macht please.

  • Ray

    Clint Eastwood is a no-brainer. I also like the Bruce Willis idea above. Ford would definitely be awesome. What about Kurt Russell?

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  • K-HjLL

    twitter – @K_HjLL – I’ve got the jaw of BO HOPKINS blondish brown hair and spent half of my childhood in GREENVILLE S.C. in fact my Mutter just moved back there…

  • frank

    why? why? why? no matter who they cast,it will never be as good. maybe the suits should try and come up with new ideas. instead of redoing movies over and over again.

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