ByTino Jochimsen, writer at
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Tino Jochimsen

Oh my, I fear I might get opinionated with this one.

Robert Redford and Paul Newman: Is there a more legendary couple of screen icons? That’s very much a rhetorical question - to me anyway. But HBO’s moody, weird True Detective recently made a very solid case that Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey could be something of their heirs apparent, the modern Redford-Newman if you will. Still not the real deal. That’s impossible. But I thought I’d be terribly excited for any project whatsoever that would reunite the two stars.

Now, Life & Style proved me wrong by reporting that the two were harboring sinister plans (I’d call it scheming) to remake Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

You detect from my choice of words that I think this is a terrible, terribly idea. Before you get your virtual torches and knives out in the comment section it should be mentioned that the whole thing sounds pretty fishy. In fact this could still be a slightly belated April Fool’s joke. Or Life & Style’s “sources,” could prove to be completely full of merde, as the French say.

But in case this is more than a big fat, insubstantial rumor, here are my two cents (again): a 'Butch Cassidy' remake is a terrible idea.

Now calling a remake a terrible idea is not a very original reaction. Nor do I think that remakes are necessarily a terrible idea. But movies don’t come more perfect than Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They really don’t. It’s beautifully scripted, beautifully shot movie, featuring one of the best songs ever recorded for a movie. It boasts an ending which made me cry more often than that heartbreaker of a vegetable called onion. And, as already mentioned, the leads are called Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It's entertaining, funny, touching and incredibly romantic.

There is simply no room for improvement. Just watch the underwhelming prequel, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days.

Or is there? Tell us what you think!

[Source: Life & Style]


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