'The Wild Bunch' To Soon Be Headed by Will Smith

May 14, 2013


The groundbreaking, immortal Western The Wild Bunch could soon be improved by a clarifying scene where Will Smith shouts, "Let's get wild up in here!"

While Smith's daughter was forced to drop out of his Annie redo, Smith has reportedly found a new way to introduce his DNA into past films by starring in a remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1969 classic. TheWrap reports the star is in talks to produce the film through his Overbrook Entertainment, and since he's pretty much already shown how Wild he can get in the Wild West (pretty wild; check out those shades), he's also going to change the setting to the modern-day US-Mexican border, where he'll play a disgraced DEA agent who assembles his bunch and attempts a big robbery on a Mexican drug lord. And maybe he'll do a song for the end credits, too.

David Ayer previously wrote a script for Warner Bros., and more recently L.A. Confidential's Brian Helgeland got through half a draft for Tony Scott before the director's untimely death. Now, all parties are said to be searching for a new writer to capture Smith's voice and plan around an ensemble that may or may not include one or more of his children.

The original famously starred William Holden as the leader of a group that included Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sánchez, and Ben Johnson. So... any idea who Will Smith's Ernest Borgnine would be? Hitch co-star Kevin James, unfortunately?

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