Actor TOM CRUISE has dropped out of a planned remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN due to scheduling conflicts, according to a report.
The Mission: Impossible star signed on in 2012 to appear alongside Matt Damon as one of the gang of gunslingers in MGM's version of John Sturges' 1960 film, but he has since withdrawn from the project.
Cruise's exit isn't the only change in the film's development - The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock has been recruited to rewrite the script for the film, according to TheWrap.com.
The original movie, penned by True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto, starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz as seven renegades who are recruited to protect a Mexican village from an invasion of bandits.
The Magnificent Seven was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa film Seven Samurai and was followed by three sequels - Return of the Magnificent Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven and The Magnificent Seven Ride Again.