Mel Gibson’s The Wild Bunch remake eyes Michael Fassbender, Jaime Foxx and Peter Dinklage. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, filmmaker Sam Peckinpah, director of 1969’s The Wild Bunch, was responsible for ushering in a new era of Western and war cinema. Dubbed “neo-western” by some, Peckinpah’s films were known for their violence, depictions of sex and masculinity.
Given this subject matter, it wasn’t surprising that Peckinpah was known to be just as rough and rugged in real life as the stories he told on screen. Plagued by alcoholism and drug dependence, Peckinpah was prone to violent outbursts both on and off set and was known to shoot mirrors in his home while binging on alcohol and drugs. Despite his renowned cantankerous behavior and personal difficulties, however, he was a masterful filmmaker who gave the world a string of films now considered to be classics by many, such as: Ride the High Country, Straw Dogs, and of course, The Wild Bunch to name a few. Though Straw Dogs was remade in 2011, it fared poorly upon its release and to date, no other Peckinpah films have been remade.