Mel Gibson is set to direct The Wild Bunch remake in development at Warner Bros. Pictures, according to Deadline. Based on Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 Western, Gibson is writing the film’s script by Bryan Bagby. Gibson will also serve as executive producer.
Sam Peckinpah directed the controversial Western that breathed new life into the genre and broke ground in the realistic portrayal of screen violence. Peckinpah co-wrote the script with Walon Green. The cast includes cast includes William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien. Warren Oates and Ben Johnson.
Receiving two Academy Award nominations, the bitter, brutal story of magnificent losers in a dying West remains one of the screen’s all-time classics. An explosive adventure drama about the last of the legendary lawless breed who lived to kill—and killed to live.
Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 100 greatest American Films of all time, The Wild Bunch was also inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Mel Gibson is also preparing Destroyer, the WWII drama he will direct that will star his Daddy’s Home 2 co-star Mark Wahlberg. That film is expected to start shooting by next spring in Australia. Gibson next stars with Colin Farrell in the Tommy Wirkola-directed War Pigs for Millennium Films.