You may remember a short news update I posted last year about Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s new film The Magnificent Eleven, which is a soccer themed remake of The Magnificent Seven, which of course is in turn a remake of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Some days ago, casting news and additional tidbits surfaced.
Apparently, the film will follow a Sunday league football team who take on the job of protecting a local Tandoori restaurant from thugs. While this is pretty much all I know about the project story-wise, the story synopsis takes me strongly back to independent British cinema from the 1990s, which had its soccer stories and its immigrant stories.
Three actors are apparently now attached to the project: Sean Bean, Dougray Scott and veteran actor Robert Vaughn, who also played in The Magnificent Seven.
Indie Movies Online and Slashfilm have more details.
27 February 2010
I haven’t looked at any of the links, and maybe I’m being naive, but the concept for this remake seems to me to have more promise than The Magnificent Seven itself did. Not that it was a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination, but The Magnificent Seven was missing most of the elements, like social commentary, that made Seven Samurai so special.