"Samurai" Scores Another Remake ... with Ziyi and Clooney?

From the "interesting but strange" department comes news that Akira Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" is being remade (yet again), only this time the adaptation will star the lovely Zhang Ziyi, the slick George Clooney, and the high-flying Donnie Yen.

From Dark Horizons: "The Standard reports that Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen is set to lead in the Hollywood remake of Japanese classic "The Seven Samurai", alongside George Clooney and Chinese starlet Zhang Ziyi, a film company said.

Yen met with Harvey Weinstein last week to discuss the remake of the 1954 action film directed by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa. According to a spokesperson for Mandarin Films, which represents the actor, "Donnie has met Harvey Weinstein in Cannes to discuss the project, we don't know more details as it is still at an early stage".

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"The Seven Samurai" is about a gang of unemployed swordsmen hired to protect a village from 40 ruthless villains.

Films inspired by Kurosawa's classic inlude "The Magnificent Seven," "Battle Beyond the Stars," and ... "A Bug's Life," kinda.

Comments

The Senhman

Senh Duong

Weird, Donnie Yen only recently starred in last year's "Seven Swords," which was another film inspired by "Seven Samurai."

Jun 2 - 03:33 AM

pradeep55

pradeep narinesingh

Wasn't this the Magnificent Seven

Jun 2 - 06:14 AM

alexipharmic

a h

No. The Magnificent Seven was this. That is to say, Seven Samurai inspired the Magnificent Seven.

Jun 2 - 11:35 AM

alexipharmic

a h

No. The Magnificent Seven was this. That is to say, Seven Samurai inspired the Magnificent Seven.

Jun 2 - 11:35 AM

ninjaandy

Andrew O'Neill

Mark my words.

This movie will suck.

Jun 2 - 12:36 PM

lovelykeira

Ken Schrock

Sounds like it could be good and I like all three people involved. About time Yen is given a chance over here.

Jun 2 - 12:37 PM

The Senhman

Senh Duong

Yeah, agreed. Yen is way too talented to not get a chance here. At least give him a shot before his skills start to deteriorate with age.

Jun 2 - 01:23 PM

Neclord

William Merryman

So, if it's a remake of Seven Samurai and not The Magnificent Seven...what's an American doing in it?

Jun 2 - 12:53 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

yeah, and what's an american doing producing it? and what are two chinese people doing in it? oh my gosh, it doesn't make any sense...


as far as i'm concerned, right now george clooney can do no wrong

Jun 2 - 01:46 PM

The Senhman

Senh Duong

Yeah, agreed. Yen is way too talented to not get a chance here. At least give him a shot before his skills start to deteriorate with age.

Jun 2 - 01:23 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

yeah, and what's an american doing producing it? and what are two chinese people doing in it? oh my gosh, it doesn't make any sense...


as far as i'm concerned, right now george clooney can do no wrong

Jun 2 - 01:46 PM

kungfu_sage

Ian Turner

Of the mentioned stars not a single one was Japanese? Man I loved this movie, and the remakes haven't been bad (magnificent 7, bugs life (think about it)). But the only way I see this succeeding is if they re tool it, like magnificent 7 wasn't just a remake, it was a re interpretation. It they make this something else, like the DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet, I think it has a chance, but if there just doing a remake of the original, the fact that it has George Cloony makes me think it's gonna suck. Not that I don't like him, cause I do, but it just doesn?t make sense.

Jun 2 - 02:23 PM

Shaomaike

Mike Shaw

[b]Remake this![/b]

Jun 2 - 04:31 PM

cowsfan

Kevin Levan

DON'T DO IT. 'The Magnificent Seven' was a fun spin on the story but an out and out remake to one of the greatest movies ever? NO NO NO!

Jun 2 - 05:36 PM

Now it's dark

Kirby K

Battle Beyond the Stars is the best of them all.

Jun 3 - 10:03 AM

NoirZombi

Carson Winter

[b]Sigh[/b]
A part of me died when I read this article.

Jun 4 - 03:51 PM

WorldDude

Andrew Passafiume

[b]Ugh...[/b]
George Clooney in Seven Samurai? No...no...no...no...

Jun 4 - 06:56 PM

pornpi

Pornpi L.

[b]Hollywood never learned[/b]
Dear Mr. Clooney,

Have you ever watch the recent Memoir of a Geisha? Japanese and Chinese are different considering the pose, the walk, the accent etc. When will you notice and respect these things? When? When? When? Next life, perhaps?

P

Jun 11 - 05:11 AM

Lesmana

Ferry Lesmana

Why bothered with a remake, just make some freshly inspired seven samurai movies for a change........but well, that's just me

Feb 5 - 09:58 PM

riseup124

joel montana

Man, Donnie Yen is the ****. I hope they can get some good projects for him over here where he can show his talents, but another film about japanese being played by chinese is starting to get a little weird.I wonder how each respective place feels about this.

May 15 - 07:08 AM

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