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Except maybe for the cows, Chris Pratt isn't very far from being an actual cowboy in real life: There's no denying he's got the American lifestyle down p(r)at(t). Considering this, it was far from surprising to see him cast in the star-studded remake of The Magnificent Seven, set to be released on September 23.


Alongside Pratt are Denzel Washington, Matt Bomer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ethan Hawke, Luke Grimes... Need we say more? The first full trailer certainly looks more than promising, as we're bound to get our share of action-packed sequences and breathtaking gunshots.

Do You Know The Story Of The Magnificent Seven?

Robert Wagner, Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Horst Buchholz, Charles Bronson and Brad Dexter, 1960
Robert Wagner, Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Horst Buchholz, Charles Bronson and Brad Dexter, 1960

In the 2016 version, The Magnificent Seven sees a group of seven — you guessed it — rogues, from a bounty hunter to an outlaw, let themselves be recruited by a village constantly plagued by the attacks of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue. They might be reluctant at first, but they soon discover there's more to the fight than just getting the job done.

The plot really doesn't stray too far from the 1960 movie, in which we saw a slightly different setting. The characters' backgrounds should also vary — here's a side-by-side of the old and the new cast. But did you know even the first Magnificent Seven was a remake? The classic western was based on the cult movie by Akira Kurosawa, Seven Samurai, in which the story revolves around the ronin, the samurai without a master.

It's quite surprising to see a remake of a remake come out at a moment where non-original movies are so despised by a great majority of the public: Sexist critics aside, fans were outraged to see that Paul Feig would dare touch the iconic Ghostbusters. Meanwhile, Pixar has made a point of taking a break from sequels, and the original animation The Secret Life Of Pets is smashing it at the box office.

Nostalgia Effect: Westerns Could Be The Only Genre To Benefit From Remakes

Hailee Steinfeld in 'True Grit'
Hailee Steinfeld in 'True Grit'

Could it be, however, that remaking is the ideal approach for westerns? It's a genre that's tied to a particular time as much in history as in cinema, which means the market for fresh cowboy stories today seems extremely niche. But a remake? With the right cast and appropriate production quality, a western remake can leverage the nostalgic effect of the genre while bringing the excitement of 21st-century-level action.

2010's True Grit is a fantastic example; The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2007 wasn't technically a remake, but was still adapted from a book. Both these movies will offer more of the giddy fun of a western than, say, Tarantino's Hateful Eight, which was born from the director's own original idea.

It seems like The Magnificent Seven is actually a remake to look forward to this year.

What do you think of the trailer for the new Magnificent Seven? Would you like to see more adaptations of westerns?


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