Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 western The Wild Bunch is the latest classic to be slated for a remake, and Mel Gibson will be co-writing and directing it.

The original revolver- uh, revolved – around a crew of ageing outlaws who were out for that legendary one last big score before the industrial age swamped the American west. It boasted quite a big-name cast, including William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates and Ben Johnson.

Gibson will be busy, for he’s currently working on a film called Destroyer with Mark Wahlberg. Far from being Daddy’s Home 3, this one’s a World War II drama.

The news of the remake comes via Deadline.

With big dramas including the likes of Braveheart on his CV, Mel Gibson could be the right guy to do justice to a Wild Bunch remake. But, as many will ask, what’s wrong with just watching the original? Maybe it’s too violent for today’s audiences?

Speaking of the original, here’s the trailer…

Go west at JB Hi-Fi.