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Eastwood reviving Dirty Harry?

DirtyHarry.jpgGet that bag of salt out right now and start wallowing in it. Word is that the article I wrote the other day about Clint Eastwood heading to the front of the camera is actually a revival of one of his old franchise characters, one of the most famous in fact.

Like Stallone and Rocky, Willis and McClane, Stallone and Rambo – did I say Stallone twice?! - Eastwood might be reviving his old character of Callahan.

Harry Callahan? Oh come on you know who, Dirty Harry.

Yeah, I find it hard to believe as well. For the other revivals there was a great motivation, their careers really weren't going anywhere and a successful revival could mean everything to them – although to be fair I think Hostage was a great film for Bruce Willis – but what does Clint Eastwood have to prove?

He's been hugely successful behind the camera and has more to come I'm sure, so why would he feel the need to go and revive Dirty Harry I'm not sure.

Of course there could be something new to come from the story, and perhaps there is with it taking a look at the embittered and violent cop in the same way Unforgiven did for his cowboy character.

Actually that would work, I was just writing and that thought popped out, a modern, realistically driven look at an ageing cop taken out of retirement for some reason. If it is as unforgiving as that film was to his cowboy character, then this could be interesting.

However I still have to wonder why, even if he is directing.

The story comes from AICN who have an anonymous scooper writing in saying that someone was looking to buy his car, a Gran Torino, for a film at Village Roadshow Pictures. Apparently this person tasked with buying the car knew everything about the film as well, something I find rather strange myself.

“I recently advertised my 1974 ford grand torino classic original for sale in the local here, and within 24 hours had someone from Village Roadshow Pictures interested in having a look at it. He came. He wasn’t interested for numerous reasons (probably the modifications). He told me they were looking for the right car for a new Clint Eastwood movie.

He said it was a thriller about a killer that drives a certain torino. His 1972 Ford Gran Torino is the only thing the police have on him. A retired police lieutenant, one Harry Callahan, makes it his mission to track down the culprit when two young police officers, one Callahan’s grandson, are shot and killed by the guy.”

What do you think, is that likely? I think it's a bit of a stretch that the guy was told all this and that the person buying the car new so much about the film, but then of course it could be genuine. I'm sceptical about that though.

Do you think Eastwood should do more behind the camera rather than stepping in front again, and should he resort to bringing back to life a character so long past?



You almost forgot Ford and Indy :)

I know it commonly comes off that way but I don't think these flashback films have happened because their careers were going nowhere, but rather, the revisit was nostalgic for them (& welcomed by the viewers).

Some of the film-makers must have this dream too, working on a film that they grew up loving, with stars that are and were their heroes. I think it's often assumed as money-raking strategy, or lack of new ideas, etc, but is sometimes as simple as fan-boy urges. (I could see me doing the same once I'm in a position to) .. & likewise you can be a fan of a character you played too, I guess.

It's not about proving a point but making a good film & having fun making it. In this particular case of Dirty Harry, we know he's got nothing to prove, but perhaps he just feels like going back to this character that he has missed over the years. He totally has the right to do that & I think he'll make a good job of it, whichever direction he takes it.

OMG! I almost pissed my pants when I saw this headline. I have been hoping for this for years. I agree it would have to be a "Harry coming out of retirement" story but it would be so cool to see an ancient Dirty Harry still kickin' keister! Punks making his day because they don't understand their limitations! I hope this is real.

You are right to say that Eastwood doesn't need this. That is what makes it so cool. He is doing it because he wants to. It should be good.

No offense but they'll do it in CGI I assume?

What to make him look younger?!

Well this has been totally debunked it would seem with another rumour about what the plot would be, and it seems much more plausible.

That's coming...

Talk about bringing us back to reality Rich, you already had the update!


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