The original “Wild Bunch,” directed by Sam Peckinpah is considered a classic. The violent tale followed “an aging group of outlaws looking for a last score in the fading American West.”
Ayer‘s “Wild Bunch” will be set in modern day Mexico and deal with “heists, drug cartels and the CIA.”
While most folks seem upset that a “classic” is again being remade, I like the idea. Look at how good the “Dawn of the Dead“ remake turned out. What about Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds“? And we all know that Peter Jackson‘s remake of “King Kong”is going to rule.
Think of the possibilities of an aging group of rouges down in modern day Mexico for one last score. Let’s work up a dream cast… say Stallone, Danny Trejo, Michael Madsen, Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington and maybe even DeNiro.
I’ve really liked all of Ayer‘s screenplays [“U-571,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “Training Day,” “Dark Blue“, “S.WA.T.“]. “Harsh Times”, is getting great advance reviews and “Training Day” is one of my favorite movies of the last few years. Ayers has a proven track record, so I say, let’s see what he can pull together. This is one movie I’m going to keep an eye on.
Especially if he can get a dream cast.