MODERN 'MAGNIFICENT SEVEN' IN MEDELLIN CARTEL; ALSO CONSIDERED 'ACE IN THE HOLE' REMAKE
As Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven plays in theaters, Laurent Vachaud reminds us that Brian De Palma had considered a remake of that film around 1990, which would have set the story within the Medellin Cartel. "Mercenaries would have come to the aid of peasants enslaved by cocaine traffickers," De Palma told Vachaud and Samuel Blumenfeld in their interview book on the director. "I developed a script that was very good, with Daniel Pyne, who had written Pacific Heights for John Schlesinger. And then, over time, my interest in this project has dissipated."
In the same interview, De Palma mentions that around that time, he had also signed on to direct a remake of Billy Wilder's Ace In The Hole, "a film denouncing the power of the media," for which David Mamet had written the screenplay. Eventually he made The Bonfire Of The Vanities, which dealt with similar themes.