mr tough guy wrote:Okay Star Wars might be stretching it a bit although I do think there's enough similarity (The basic structure of the story told by the peasants and some key charcters) that one could argue it's a remake, but the basic point I was trying to make was that a remake doesn't have to resemble the original as long as it copies the central ideas so saying magnificent 7 is not a remake of seven samurai is bullshit
The differences are sufficient that it stands on its own as a different film. I would have no problem watching both one after the other*, and not feel I had simply seen the same movie twice. They make several changes, amalgamating Katsushiro and Kikuchiyu into one character,There is no 'Harry Luck' character, the villagers in 'Samurai' remain loyal to the plan throughout etc etc - not just a remake.
They both have ace music too, one haunting and mainly sad, the other mostly uplifting and dramatic.
I would have no problem with a new re-imagining in which say the 7 are local semi-outcasts hired to protect the underdog against the bully.
That's not what they are planning - they are planning to reboot 'Magnificent 7', as a western, with Denzel Washington as 'Chris' (which I admit is good casting).
*provided I was allowed a lie down and a cup of tea between them