In 2012 it was announced that there would be a remake of the classic 1960s western The Magnificent Seven. Tom Cruise was attached to the film and MGM hired Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) to write it at the time.
The Wrap is now reporting that Cruise has dropped out of the project and that Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock has come on board to rewrite it. Apparently due to Cruise’s busy schedule, the project was never in his immediate plans.
Hancock is no stranger to Westerns, having co-written and directed The Alamo for Disney, which has showed faith in Hancock despite that film’s disappointing box office totals. Not only did the studio trust him with its own Walt Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks, but it also turned to Hancock for some fixes of the upcoming Maleficent. Hancock wrote several new scenes and helped oversee reshoots on the Angelina Jolie movie.
Hancock also directed The Blind Side which was a Best Picture Oscar nominee.
Source: The Wrap