• Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in Training Day (2001). (Training Day)Source: Training Day
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The Training Day duo are set to star in the new version of the Steve McQueen classic.
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3 Mar 2015 - 10:29 AM  UPDATED 3 Mar 2015 - 11:01 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - It's been over a decade since Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua patrolled the mean streets of Los Angeles in "Training Day," and it looks like that team is looking to head to the Wild West for their next collaboration.

Sources say the Oscar-nominated Hawke is in final negotiations to join Washington in MGM's "Magnificent Seven" remake with Fuqua directing.

Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also on board to star.

The 1960 original, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai," starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock, with "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto writing the previous draft.

MGM is hoping the pairing of Hawke with Washington leads to the same success the two saw on crime drama "Training Day," which overperformed at the box office and led to both men receiving Oscar nominations, with Washington eventually taking home the prize.

Hawke is coming off his Oscar-nominated role in "Boyhood" and has several upcoming projects that include Andrew Niccol's "Good Kill" and the doco he directed, "Seymour: An Introduction." He is repped by CAA.

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