Cruise plans Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid remake?
Upfront warning regarding this "source" report on a planned remake of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid from Tom Cruise in that it comes from one of those sources and seems like a remake too far for anyone, even in the remake hungry Hollywood.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a classic from a more golden age of Hollywood, starring two of the brightest male stars Robert Redford and Paul Newman, and Tom Cruise is apparently pushing forward on a remake of it.
The classic 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid would seem utterly un-remake-able (there's not really such a word but there should be in Hollywood language) and yet the "source" that The Daily Express has through Digital Spy (who as usual do not give a source link to their story but I went and found it anyway), tells us that he's doing just that and before Paul Newman passed away Tom Cruise received his blessing to do so.
What's more is that when I did dig out the source story I found that the "source" is listed as a senior executive, something a little more solid than a straight source, even if they still aren't named.
"It has been a pet project of his that has been on the back-burner for years...But now he's ready to go, and will most likely happily eschew the enormous salary that he normally commands."
Apparently Tom Cruise has been in love with the film ever since he first saw it, and frankly who wouldn't be, and is keen to play the role that Robert Redford played, Sundance. The story goes onto claim that John Travolta would be set to play Cassidy, Paul Newman's role.
The senior executive reveals that Cruise, through his company United Artists, is interviewing screenwriters who could bring the project to life with just the right stature.
The story does have a bog standard source talking about the project and Cruise's involvement which stretches believability a little bit more, and they say that Cruise has been keen on remaking this for years as it was a film that made a lasting impression on him from his first ever viewing.
Apparently John Travolta is keen too, but I would imagine that he may have to trim down a little for the iconic role wouldn't you?
Although I am struggling to believe that Cruise would tackle such an iconic film for a remake considering all the new and meaty material his studio has been working on, it does have a certain symmetry that sounds about right, and the idea of Cruise and Travolta working together is rather appealing.
The answer would lie solely in the screenwriter and director of the project, and with the need to pick just the right one I wonder if we'll see anything of this any time soon.