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Cruise plans Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid remake?

ButchCassidyandtheSundanceKid.jpgUpfront 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.



A big question in all this is: Should Merrill Lynch and Bank of America be engaged in Hollywood movie making after receiving taxpayer money in the form of the TARP?

If Merrill Lynch's contract with MGM/UA/Tom Cruise cannot be broken--like the AIG bonuses--then shouldn't movie executive compensation be set to no more than $250,000 per year? And, if such movie executives make more than that, they should be taxed at the 90% tax rate that the House of Representatives passed concerning people getting the AIG bonuses.

This movie financing with taxpayer money should be a matter of taxpayer and congressional outrage! It is putting government money at too much risk; especially after the "Valkyrie" and "Lions to Lambs" failures.

Let your congressman and senators know how you feel.

My heart skipped a beat when I heard Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid might be remade, and not in the good way. Then I was told Tom Cruise was leading the project, and my stomach tightened, feeling impending doom.

Then I read John Travolta might play Cassidy. It was all I could do to keep myself from fainting.

If this remake ever sees the light of day, it will be proof that there is nothing sacred in Hollywood. If Tom Cruise really loved this movie he would have bought the rights to it in perpetuity and buried them in a secret location so nobody could ever commit the artistic crime of remaking it.

Matthew mcconaughey as Butch Brad Pitt as Sundance Kid (with the stache) Dwayne the Rock Johnson as Harvey Logan Eva Mendes as Etta Place

Anthony Sullivan as the Bike Salesman
Jeff Daniels as Sheriff Bledsoe
Jim Parsons from the Big Bang theory or the actor that played steve urkel as Woodcock

Are there Butch Cassidy and Sundance kid remake for tom Cruise and Travolta? Simon baker and Micheal vartan should be best pair.

Un freakin believable, Travolta as a Cowboy, "That'll be the Day". Cruise has a fair chance at pulling it off but not a guy like Travolta that has that Lords of Flatbush look about him. The only thing that might save the film and i say might save it is the script because Cruise and Travolta go together like, well nothing really, its a poor match and a poor call by Cruise. I can hope that it'll work but that would be like hoping that fools gold is gold.


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