Here’s some interesting, and indeed exciting news from Deadline: the trade is reporting that Mel Gibson is looking to remake The Wild Bunch. The actor and filmmaker is reportedly co-writing and will direct the redo over at Warner Bros. and will be a complete redo of the 1969 movie, which was helmed by Sam Peckinpah. It is being reported that Gibson’s The Wild Bunch remake will be his next project behind the camera ahead of the movie Destroyer, a WWII movie which is in development with Mark Wahlberg leading the cast.
The Wild Bunch remake is being directed by Mel Gibson
The Wild Bunch was originally released in the UK in August of 1969. It was a very violent western, controversially so for its day, but has since become a classic.
Here’s the synopsis of the original:
In this gritty Western classic, aging outlaw Pike Bishop (William Holden) prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine) and brothers Lyle (Warren Oates) and Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson), Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.
Sam Peckinpah and Walon Green wrote the original. Gibson will step up to the plate with Bryan Bagby to pen the new version for the studio.
We’ll bring you more on The Wild Bunch remake as it comes our way. I really want to go revisit the original after hearing the news and viewing this superb trailer for the original version. This really was the glory days of the western. Love it.