Mel Gibson to Direct 'The Wild Bunch' Remake at Warner Bros

Lewis Collier
September 25, 2018

Mel Gibson is coming on to write and direct a remake of the classic Sam Peckinpah western "The Wild Bunch" at Warner Bros. Gibson will co-write the script along with Bryan Bagby, known for his work on the short film On Duty, and will executive produce the remake.

It's not clear whether America has forgiven Mel Gibson or not, but Hollywood apparently has.

The Wild Bunch was controversial upon its release in 1969 for graphic violence. It follows the titular group of aging outlaws as they go after a final score on the Texas-U.S. border and are pursued by a brutal posse.

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Project marks the first directing gig for Gibson since 2016's "Hacksaw Ridge", which earned him an Oscar nomination as director.

This likely won't be Gibson's next film as a director, as he's already committed to helming the World War II drama Destroyer, which centers on the Battle of Okinawa. That film is finalizing its financing, but Gibson has scouted locations in Australia, where the film is expected to begin shooting by next spring. The director/writer/actor has also been talking about making a sequel to The Passion of the Christ for a number of years, but it's unclear if that project is still a priority at this time. As for when Gibson will shoot "The Wild Bunch" remains a mystery. Peckinpah defended his choices, saying the violence was meant to be allegorical to the then-ongoing Vietnam War. The remake has been in development for almost a decade, with Tony Scott originally on board to direct in 2011. In 2006, the actor and filmmaker was arrested for drunk driving, during which he launched into an anti-Semitic rant.

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