Mel Gibson spoke out about the remake of “The Wild Bunch”, he’s set to direct, during a surprise appearance at the U.S. premiere of “Dragged Across Concrete” on Tuesday night.
The 62-year-old admitted the upcoming flick was related to his current S. Craig Zahler movie, telling the crowd during a post-screening interview: “It’s in that [Sam] Peckinpah realm.”
The original “Wild Bunch” movie was directed by Peckinpah and released in 1969.
Gibson said of making the gritty Western classic again: “I thought it was a bad idea at first. Why make ‘The Wild Bunch’ again? Who would do that? I thought about it and I thought about it some more, and then I thought of a way [into the story]. A way to tell the story.”
“So I’ve been sitting in a room with a writer and it’s been a blast. So it started as a bad idea, but it’s heading toward something that could be special. It’s about last chances and guys with lives of accrued violence. Those guys [in the original film]? They laugh a lot, but it isn’t funny,” he added, according to Deadline.
Lee Marvin, who Gibson said was “one of his heroes” during the chat, had been a front-runner to play gang leader Pike Bishop in the original film. However, the part eventually went to William Holden.
Gibson, who marks his first return to the director’s chair since “Hacksaw Ridge” with the eagerly anticipated remake, added of always having lots going on career-wise: “You write stuff and you never know, really, what’s going to happen with it.”
“Some things take 10 years before anything happens at all; other things come together after nine weeks.”