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Mel Gibson, 62, is set to direct a remake of 1969 Sam Peckinpah movie The Wild Bunch

Mel Gibson will co-write and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 Western The Wild Bunch.

Warner Bros on Monday confirmed that the iconic actor will helm the production, with Bryan Bagby to co-write the script with him.

No production start or release date for The Wild Bunch was announced. 

New project: Mel Gibson will co-write and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 Western The Wild Bunch; seen in 2017

The first: The original starred William Holden as Pike Bishop, an older outlaw in the Western. He plans on one final final robbery before his retirement.

The first: The original starred William Holden as Pike Bishop, an older outlaw in the Western. He plans on one final final robbery before his retirement.

The original starred William Holden as Pike Bishop, an older outlaw in the Western.

He plans on one final final robbery before his retirement.

The gang he assembles includes Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine) and brothers Lyle (Warren Oates) and Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson).  

On the red carpet: The star with Rosalind Ross at the Daddy's Home 2 film premiere in Los in 2017

On the red carpet: The star with Rosalind Ross at the Daddy’s Home 2 film premiere in Los in 2017

But an old enemy of his trails him and a shoot out ensues.  

It will be Gibson’s first time directing since his 2016 World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, for which he earned a best directing Oscar nomination.

Hacksaw Ridge’was nominated for six Academy Awards including best picture. 

The Oscar reception was seen by some as a comeback for Gibson in Hollywood years after he pleaded no contest in 2011 to spousal battery of his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

 In 2006, he went on an anti-Semitic tirade while being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

 

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