According to Deadline, Chris Pratt is in talks to star with Denzel Washington in the remake of John Sturges’ classic Western The Magnificent Seven, which Washington has been prepping with director Antoine Fuqua. As previously noted, MGM has been trying to get the remake off the ground for several years, including a failed 2012 attempt that would have starred Tom Cruise. The most recent script is being handled by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Alamo), working from a previous draft by True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto.
The 1960 version of Magnificent Seven, which starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, and focused on seven gunslingers who fight outlaws threatening to harm a Mexican village. Deadline says Pratt is sought to play “Farraday,” though none of the remake’s characters are being modeled after the originals.