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THE WILD BUNCH REMAKE

27 Jan


La Golondrina / Soundtrack The Wild Bunch / Jerry Fielding

“Hmmmm …”

The big talk in Western Film these days is the News about the ‘Remake of The Wild Bunch’.
(I’m a bit slow on the draw so I just herd about this recently)

It’s a shocker to be sure.
Here’s one Newsbit:

‘The Wild Bunch’ Remake Hoping to Recruit Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx, Peter Dinklage for Director Mel Gibson

https://www.slashfilm.com/wild-bunch-remake-cast/#disqus_thread

wild bunch remake cast

Proving that there are indeed second, third, and even forth acts in Hollywood, Mel Gibson is being given the keys to a major motion picture yet again. The controversial actor and filmmaker is set to helm a remake of The Wild Bunch, and some heavy-hitting talent is already lining-up to work with him. Michael FassbenderJamie Foxx, and Peter Dinklage are all in talks to join the Wild Bunch remake cast, indicating that Warner Bros. wants to put together an impressive cast for this contemporary remake of the violent Sam Peckinpah Western.

Mel Gibson can often be an excellent actor and a strong filmmaker. But he’s also a highly controversial figure known for misogynist, racist remarks and actions that many feel should disqualify him from being attached to major projects. Gibson was a bit of a pariah for a short period of time, but it’s clear that time has ended. Warner Bros. has booked him to direct their Wild Bunch remake, which features a script by Gibson and Bryan Bagby.

And now, Deadline says Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx, and Peter Dinklage are all in talks to join the cast of the film. Nothing is officially in place yet, but word has it the movie will begin production this fall. This Wild Bunch is a contemporary remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 Western, which was set in 1913. Here’s the original synopsis:

In this gritty Western classic, aging outlaw Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.

Hollywood has been hoping to mount a Wild Bunch remake for a few years now. Tony Scott was originally set to helm a version, but his 2012 suicide ended up putting the project on hold. Since then, a remake with Will Smith possibly set to produce and star popped up, along with one directed by Hands of Stone filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz. Neither incarnation came to pass.

While Gibson, a filmmaker who doesn’t shy away from movie violence, seems like a good fit to remake this violent Western, I can’t help but feel this is a film we really don’t need, no matter who ends up being cast in the project.

Mel sure knows how to kick up some dust. I can’t see this project as a mere Western yarn – and it’s pretty obvious by the casting that this is not going to be a carbon copy of the original. The inclusion of Dinklage and Fox certainly tells us it’s to be pretty different right away – and Gibson has said it will be a different angle from a Social/Political viewpoint. There’s plenty of scepticism, of course, and it does seem like a daunting task. We’ll just have to wait and see. 

All the Major players in the original production have passed.
Including Sam himself.

April 17, 1918 – November 12, 1981

January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012

July 5, 1928 – April 3, 1982

June 13, 1918 – April 8, 1996

November 11, 1909 – July 11, 1973

Meet the New ‘Bunch’

This whole thing is riding on Mel. 
Here’s hoping.

Chuck’s Ghost

21 Jan


Ghost Riders in the Sky by Cash Grass

See this guy!?

Charles Bronson right?
But Charles Bronson died in 2003. Didn’t he?
‘Fraid so.

This guy is Robert “Bronzi”.
Who just happens to look exactly like Charles Bronson! (below).

And they’ve been exploiting this likeness for a while now.
Most recently in this Western:

Here’s the Trailer/Preview:

Ratings weren’t favorable.“2.7” outta 10! 
Bang! Yor ‘one shot’ dead.

Even Chuck’s ghost couldn’t save this thing.

But Bronzi isn’t just some ‘one trick cowpoke’
trying to ride Bronson’s pony.

Related image

Internet Movie Database Mini Bio

Hungarian born performer Robert Bronzi is world traveled actor and professional horseman with a love for the wild west and classic American film. Bronzi has worked as a Carpenter, Horsetrainer, Musician and former Military Service Member. Professionally Trained Actor at Maria Mezey Theatre School (Budapest) as well as stuntman, acrobat and Judo Player. Robert speaks multiple languages including English, Spanish and Hungarian. With a film resume building, Bronzi has honed his craft in Live Performances and Wild West Theme Shows, including ” Fort Bravo ” Almeria, Spain ” Port Aventura ” – Costa Dorada, Spain, ” Rancho Texas Park ” – Canary Islands. and Feature Films, The Seven Gallant, Death Kiss, Escape From Death Block 13 and most recent has signed to to play ” The Dago ” in Knighted Entertainments upcoming comedy feature Mat Rats.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Katrina Gellet
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8459909/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

Obviously and interesting guy who has some chops and paid some dues.
Ride on Bronzi!

Let’s just hope this doesn’t start a trend of ‘look alike’ Actors mimicing other Cowboys.

 

The Call of the Wild / Jack London

20 Jan

“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog,
when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
– Jack London

Wikipedia: John Griffith London (born John Griffith Chaney; born in San Francisco on January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916 was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction.

His most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire”, “An Odyssey of the North”, and “Love of Life”. He also wrote about the South Pacific in stories such as “The Pearls of Parlay”, and “The Heathen”.

London was part of the radical literary group “The Crowd” in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, workers’ rights, socialism, and eugenics. He wrote several works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, The War of the Classes, and Before Adam.

Buck was a St. Bernard/Scotch shepherd mix breed.

The Legendary Chilkoot Pass between British Columbia and Alaska

 Klondike Gold Rush / The Legendary Chilkoot Pass between British Columbia and Alaska

Counting my Blessings ….

24 Dec

Most people in this world don’t have what I have.
Some are lucky to get even one meal a day. 

Yet I live in opulence. A Wonderful home. A Wonderful companion. 
Many Blessings. Too many to count.
But I try.

So I truly do give thanks. 
And like to express Good Will to All.

And I Thank you all for coming around this year.
I hope that I’ve offered something
that adds something to You
and your day. 

My pleasure. My honor. 
And may we all pass our good fortune on to others.

Blessings of the Season to You . 

Christmas Classics

23 Dec

Christmas music

20 Dec

There’s just a ton of inspired Christmas music on YouTube.

Emer Barry Soprano, Mary McCague Violin and Aisling Ennis Harp.

I could post stuff every day … 

Christmas in the trenches …

17 Dec

For GP Cox over at Pacific Paratrooper https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/

We always hope. 

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