Gibson’s ‘Wild Bunch’ remake courts Fassbender, Foxx and Dinklage

Hollywood star Michael Fassbender is among three high-profile actors in negotiations to lead the Mel Gibson-directed remake of the 1969 ultra-violent Western. (AFP pic)

Mel Gibson is assembling his cast for a remake of violent 1960s survivalist Western “The Wild Bunch,” with Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx and Peter Dinklage all said to be in discussions to play leading roles, according to Deadline.

The remake of the 1969 Western is expected to go into production later this year.

Dinklage’s schedule is opening up now that the eight-season “Game of Thrones” has concluded, while Fassbender is co-starring in June’s X-Men movie “Dark Phoenix” and Foxx has been cast as the lead character in another upcoming superhero movie, “Spawn.”

Mel Gibson would be directing after having been Oscar-nominated for “Hacksaw Ridge,” a 2016 war movie starring Andrew Garfield that was also in the running for Best Picture.

“The Wild Bunch” was originally directed by Sam Peckinpah, who came to both prominence and notoriety as a result of the movie’s impact.

Intended as a response to US involvement in the Vietnam war, it was considered extremely violent and was populated with contemptible characters.

Its style, technique and layered approach helped win plaudits from many film critics, two nominations at the 1970 Academy Awards, and a place in film history for the movie and Peckinpah himself, whether or not audiences were reviled or thrilled by its content.

Jerry Bruckheimer of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Top Gun” fame will produce.