That headline literally called me up and begged to be used. Who am I not to oblige? "xXx" and "The Fast and the Furious" director Rob Cohen is finished working with Vin Diesel for the forseeable future. Cohen, who had been set to direct the gravelly-voiced actor in "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," has now backed out of the project, according to a report in Variety. Cohen has instead turned his attention to "Medieval," a blockbuster action romp that the director describes as "'The Maginificent Seven' in the Middle Ages."
Cohen will be working off of a script from Alex Litvak and Michael Finch, with New Regency financing/distributing the film through Fox and "Terminator Salvation" director McG serving in some sort of production role. Cohen studied anthropology and European history at Harvard, which is what sparked his interest in the project. The Variety report offers no story details, but cites "sources" as saying that "the action brings together warriors from disparate cultures."
For those who don't remember (or don't know), John Sturges' "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) is a classic Western, inspired by Akira Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" (1954). In "Magnificent," residents of a Mexican village appeal for help when their homes are terrorized by bandits. Seven gunslingers come together, for varying reasons, to aid them. One would guess that "Medieval" will follow a similar route, replacing ten-gallon hats and six-shooters with swords and shields.
Have you seen "The Magnificent Seven"? "The Seven Samurai"? Curious to see that idea carried into a Middle Ages setting? What might Cohen's particular style add to such a project?