"Samurai" Scores Another Remake ... with Ziyi and Clooney?

by | June 2, 2006 | Comments

From the "interesting but strange" department comes news that Akira Kurosawa‘s "The Seven Samurai" is being remade (yet again), only this time the adaptation will star the lovely Zhang Ziyi, the slick George Clooney, and the high-flying Donnie Yen.

From Dark Horizons: "The Standard reports that Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen is set to lead in the Hollywood remake of Japanese classic "The Seven Samurai", alongside George Clooney and Chinese starlet Zhang Ziyi, a film company said.

Yen met with Harvey Weinstein last week to discuss the remake of the 1954 action film directed by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa. According to a spokesperson for Mandarin Films, which represents the actor, "Donnie has met Harvey Weinstein in Cannes to discuss the project, we don’t know more details as it is still at an early stage".

"The Seven Samurai" is about a gang of unemployed swordsmen hired to protect a village from 40 ruthless villains.

Films inspired by Kurosawa’s classic inlude "The Magnificent Seven," "Battle Beyond the Stars," and … "A Bug’s Life," kinda.

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