Mel Gibson to Write and Direct ‘Wild Bunch’ Remake at Warner Bros

Lawrence Kim
September 25, 2018

Today, Variety is reporting he will helm a remake of Sam Peckinpah's classic ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch. Gibson is co-writing the remake with Bryan Bagby.

Mel Gibson is getting out the cowboy hat and spurs. He ultimately turned the sequel down.

The Wild Bunch
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The film is based on the 1969 Sam Peckinpah film of the same name, which was controversial for its graphic violence upon its first release.

In The Wild Bunch, an aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the traditional American West is disappearing around them and the industrial age is taking over. That film is finalizing its financing, but Gibson has scouted locations in Australia, where the film is expected to begin shooting by next spring. From Best Picture victor Braveheart to films like Apocalypto and the recent Best Picture nominee Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson has distinguished himself as one of the best directors of action working in the business. The Wild Bunch was a modest commercial and massive critical success and has been called one of the greatest westerns in the genre's history, maintaining a 94% "Certified Fresh" rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Peckinpah defended his choices, saying the violence was meant to be allegorical to the then-ongoing Vietnam War. However, the project stalled after his death in 2012. In 2006, the actor and filmmaker was arrested for drunk driving, during which he launched into an anti-Semitic rant. Later in 2010, Gibson was recorded by ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva making racial slurs. Robert Downey Jr. advocated forgiveness for Gibson back in 2014, which was met with mixed reactions.

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