The gunslingers of The Magnificent Seven certainly did the Western genre proud by riding into the box office with $35 million in their weekend debut. Indeed, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Byung-hun Lee and Denzel Washington wowed the fans in Antoine Fuqua's violent re-make. So much so, in fact, that many are now wondering whether The Magnificent Seven is galloping head-first into a sequel.
Before we analyze the evidence about whether the movie is likely to get its second instalment, watch the trailer below:
Will The Magnificent Seven Get A Sequel?
As it stands, nothing has been officially confirmed for a potential The Magnificent Seven sequel. Despite this though, there's much pointing towards the fact that we might just see Washington and Pratt donning their cowboy hats for their second stint as outlaws — here are a few reasons why the movie might, or might not, get a sequel:
The Magnificent Seven Is One Of The Biggest Western Openings Ever
Although the genre was far more popular back in the '60s and '70s, this modern take smashed some of the most recent Western additions out of the ballpark with its impressive opening.
In fact, the only notable Hollywood creations to premiere better have been sci-fi spectacle Cowboys & Aliens with $36.4 million and Rango with $38.1 million. Both came out the same year in 2011 — simply nothing has been able to achieve that level of success since. So, considering money has always been a major factor in whether a sequel is made or not, The Magnificent Seven is clearly doing well.
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The Original The Magnificent Seven Has Three Sequels
Indeed, the '60s and '70s saw three sequels eventually making their way to Hollywood, including Return of the Seven (1966), Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969), and The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972). Although these weren't close to being as successful as The Magnificent Seven, they were still popular additions to the Western genre.
Ultimately, with the sheer amount of material available for writers, there's a lot to be replicated and tweaked. Additionally, considering the long list of A-list actors involved in the project, there are many focus points to choose from and a number of potential directions to be taken. Unlike many other franchises and series, this one is a goldmine waiting to be excavated.
However, Hollywood's Complex Relationship With Westerns Remains
The last few decades alone have seen Hollywood's love for reboots and sequels grow to slightly grotesque proportions. Yet, there remains a fear that popular, Western movies aren't in the first choice category to recreate over-and-over. In an interview with CinemaBlend, actor Peter Sarsgaard put it like this:
"They're expensive. I mean, all of these people, and the horses. When you start employing seven actors, it's expensive. [laughs] It slows things down, and people's schedules and... to make a movie like this is extremely difficult. It's not a financial slam dunk for anyone. People like Westerns, but they're not easy to make."
Ethan Hawke then added:
"To do it on this scale, to have a whole town catch on fire, and the townspeople and the costumes and all of those horses... that means all of those wrangles, and all those guns. It's just expensive. There was a period of time when anything with a horse in it sold. And then [those movies] go out of fashion. And now, in this day and age, if you make Unforgiven, it'll be a big hit. If you make Django Unchained, it'll be a big hit. But it has to be a good film. So it's a risk. Whereas, if you put a zombie in it, they feel more comfortable that it'll sell."
So there you go, there are many components to the argument that a sequel for The Magnificent Seven should happen. However, as with all things, Hollywood also has a predisposition to favor certain genres over others. Only time will tell whether a Western like this, which would have once fully dominated the film scene, is also ripe enough for a sequel in this particular decade of the 21st century.