Director Antoine Fuqua made his mark with Training Day. He demonstrated that he can take a classic title and modernise it with The Equalizer. Now he’s taking on The Magnificent Seven.
At a preview screening of The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua told me that the television show from which the film took its name barely influenced his approach to directing the movie, which took the basic premise from the cult classic series starring Edward Woodward and moved it into the present with a harder edge and graphic violence. The movie played well with gripping action and and a fast pace that only suffered from a lack of threat for the lead character played by Denzel Washington. In 2001 the film that really established Fuqua as a big name in Hollywood, was the equally violent and arguably harder edged Training Day which, again, starred Denzel alongside Ethan Hawke.
Both actors return to work with Antoine Fuqua for his latest reimagining of an existing concept. This time he’s moved to the wild west to reboot The Magnificent Seven.
Whilst Fuqua’s impressive run of big budget films that include Olympus Has Fallen and Southpaw have felt tense and claustrophobic – mostly in an urban setting – the director now has the opportunity to show his talents on a different scale. The vast open expanses of the wild west and more modest era wouldn’t, one would think, lend themselves to the style of movie the director is famous for. For that reason I’m interested to see how adaptable Fuqua has turned out to be, and how much influence the classic movie will have on the end result.
The Magnificent Seven follows the plight of the desperate folk of Rose Creek who find themselves under the control of industrialist antagonist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). The fearful townsfolk turn to a band of seven outlaws, bounty hunters and gamblers for protection.
Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier star.
The Magnificent Seven is due in cinemas in the US and UK on the 23rd of September. Other regions should check IMDB for release dates.
Synopsis | With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.