At this year’s New York Comic-Con Christopher McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for The Usual Suspects has announced he’s going to adapt The Seven Samurai for a new generation of sorts with Rubicon per Deadline Hollywood.
Mark Long and Don Capel, who are producing the project alongside McQuarrie, describe the project as The Seven Samurai, set in Afghanistan with Navy SEALs as the heroes, and the Taliban the villains.
“The three of us wanted to do a SEAL project, Dan was a founding member of SEAL Team Six and Chris’s brother commanded a team, but we wanted a new way in to the world of Tier One operators,” said Long, who added that the intention was to “explore the true nature of war, for both its heroes and its victims.”
“I’ve always been fascinated with Navy SEALs in general and their role in Afghanistan in particular. With Rubicon, Mark Long and Dan Capel have created the perfect environment for an intense action franchise,” McQuarrie said.
What does this mean? With Osama Bin Laden’s death Hollywood is now in the Navy SEAL business, apparently, with everyone scrambling to get their own project together around the Special Forces Operators. And if there was a film that could turn out to be great from all this, this could be it. The film they’re cribbing from is one of the greatest ever made and has already been turned into another equally great film in The Magnificent Seven. So another adaptation could be tremendous.
What do you think? Good idea using Kurosawa’s classic as a backdrop for a Navy SEAL action film? Or would something else work better? Let us know below.
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Source: Deadline Hollywood