Do you ever have the feeling that Seven Samurai is a little bit everywhere these days? Well, with last year’s Japanese Pachinko remake, the Weinsteins reimagination project, Irvine Welsh’s soccer adaptation, a rumoured sci-fi adaptation, an apparent Chinese homage, a related short film and even a one-man touring theatre performance (which I haven’t mentioned before), you could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that this poor cow is already being milked hard enough.
Well, apparently not, if director Rob Cohen has his say. And… Wait! Rob who, you may ask — at least I certainly did. Well, apparently he’s the fellow behind such films as The Fast and the Furious, xXx and the latest Mummy sequel. And now, sources like Variety, /Film and MTV Movies Blog report that his next project will be called Medieval. While few details are so far available, it is described as a film about seven “warriors from disparate cultures” working together to steal a king’s crown in order to earn their freedom.
While that isn’t exactly Seven Samurai, the film is being described as The Magnificent Seven set in the Middle Ages, so you do have a fairly strong link with Kurosawa’s work there at least. (Those not aware of it, The Magnificent Seven is a remake of Seven Samurai.) Whether that’s just marketing talk or something that describes the overall concept and not the actual story, remains to be seen.
Production is to start in October, and I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.