Given that the Western is apparently not based on the 1960 film or the Akira Kurosawa movie that inspired it, Pizzolatto was understandably hesitant. “Well, no, Jill, I mean, this is mine. I created it,” he recalled telling his agent, also noting that he was worried about ownership over the story. As he told the story to the audience, his agent responded, “You don’t own anything you’ve ever written because you sold it. That’s why somebody else is making your show right now.” Laughing, Pizzolatto said that he accepted the offer after that, and the series seems to be a go. “I believe we’re doing that,” Pizzolatto confirmed, noting that production and additional casting would have to wait until the SAG-AFTRA strike’s resolution.
“They have the first two episodes and a bible,” the writer revealed, noting that the folks he worked with at Amazon are “super high on it.” A Fassbender-led Western written by Pizzolatto sounds amazing, but it won’t actually be the first time the novelist and screenwriter (who’s also set to help pen Marvel’s “Blade”) has been involved in “The Magnificent Seven” franchise; he also co-wrote the Antoine Fuqua-directed 2016 remake of the film. The project sounds like it’s still in early development and does not yet have a release date.