Got this comment from Anthony Powers on The Wild Bunch remake
being Written and Directed by Mel Gibson after I had expressed
skepticism on the project:
“You have to have an open mind. Mel Gibson is the perfect director to compliment Sam Peckinpah . All of gibson’s movies have been done well and I believe he will make this classic western even more classic.
Go Mel !!!!!!”
Thanks for your comment Anthony.
Well maybe so? What do I know?
I still express skepticism.
The original The Wild Bunch is regarded by many to be one of the greatest Western Classics.
Directed by (Bloody) Sam Pekinpah, the Cast alone is Epic: William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, L Q Jones, Strother Martin and more.
The Big Problem:
No matter how good Mel’s remake might be, it’s ALWAYS going to be compared to the original. No?
I won’t say he might not come out with something good? But just like the recent remake of The Magnificent Seven (2016)
it’s going to be hard to measure up.
I hope for the best and I’m always happy to see anybody making a Western . Especially somebody with the stature and probable production values
of Mel Gibson. BUT … it’s going to be a challenge.
Mel himself is quoted as saying:
“I thought it was a bad idea at first,” Gibson recently admitted. “Why make The Wild Bunch again? Who would do that? I thought about it and I thought about it some more, and then I thought of a way [into the story]. A way to tell the story. So, I’ve been sitting in a room with a writer and it’s been a blast. So, it started as a bad idea, but it’s heading toward something that could be special.”
It’s going to be interesting.