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Oh those Scott boys.
It was just Thursday afternoon that Moviefone reported that Ridley Scott was talking to Warner Bros. about making another 'Blade Runner' -- a report verified by a press release from Alcon Entertainment, which has a financing deal with the studio (The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the project will be a prequel or sequel to the original).
Now comes word that brother Tony Scott is in early talks to direct a reboot of Sam Peckinpah's 1969 classic Western 'The Wild Bunch.' The film -- which was set in Texas and Mexico in 1913 -- was controversial for its extreme, slow-motion violence and amoral attitude as it followed four grizzled outlaws -- sensing that they were dinosaurs in a dying Old West -- hoping to make one last score. William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates starred. For its time, it was the bloodiest film to ever hit the big screen (If you haven't see 'The Wild Bunch,' you need to run out right now and buy or rent it).
Before he jumps on 'The Wild Bunch,' Scott will take on the 'Hells Angels,' a thriller about the rivalry between the Angels and another motorcycle gang, The Mongols. That won't start until next year, however, and only if Scott gets his choice of actors to play the Angels' notorious leader Sonny Barger -- and Scott wants Jeff Bridges.
By the way, speaking of redos: Scott has been eyeing sequels to his 'Top Gun' and 'The Hunger,' as well as a redo of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.' And Screen Gems is getting ready to release a redo of another of Peckinpah's controversial films, 'Straw Dogs,' on Sept. 16.
Tip o' the hat to Variety, Deadline.