Actor Denzel Washington is reportedly in talks to re-team with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua on The Magnificent Seven remake.

Tom Cruise originally signed on to appear alongside Matt Damon as one of the gang of gunslingers in Mgm's version of John Sturges' 1960 film, but dropped out of the project last year (13).

Now movie executives are hoping to reunite Washington and Fuqua for a script rewritten by The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock.

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.