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A Kidless sequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?

03.31.2010

Four decades after their fateful shootout, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID are returning. Well, that's half right.

A new project called BLACKTHORN follows up the Oscar-winning Western, but leaves behind Robert Redford's Sundance, and fills the boots of the late Paul Newman with another Old West regular, Sam Shepard.

According to The Independent: "This film has the Wild West outlaw somehow managing to survive the frenzied shootout at the end of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, and now living incognito with a native Bolivian woman, breeding horses and hiding his real identity, for roughly 15 years. He's persuaded to return to crime by a young engineer, played by the Spanish actor Eduardo Noriega (TRANSSIBERIAN), who has robbed a local mine and is also on the run from the forces of law and order."

Filmmaker Mateo Gil, best known for writing THE SEA INSIDE and OPEN YOUR EYES (remade as VANILLA SKY), describes his vision for resurrecting the legend as "that tired and lonely old man who, for an instant, recovers all his energy and dreams due to someone who seems to reincarnate the past, his old friends and ideals."

It's not the first time the charming outlaws have come back to life -- besides a lousy 2006 TV movie, they appeared in a prequel and were played by Tom Berenger and "The Greatest American Hero" star William Katt.

Extra Tidbit: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID influenced Chris McQuarrie's modern Western WAY OF THE GUN, right down to the character names Parker and Longbaugh (the real last names of Butch and Sundance).
Source: The Independent

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11:16AM on 03/31/2010
While I cannot give this a thumbs up, there are theories (as with many of those outlaws) that Butch Cassidy survived his fate. Some of this is more intellectual than George Roy Hill's classic. If this movie were to attempt to tell that story and not tie itself down to the Newman/Redford movie, I would be more excited. They may still, but this article doesn't suggest it.

There ought to be a double-standard regarding movies that happen to be about legendary real people who happen to be the
While I cannot give this a thumbs up, there are theories (as with many of those outlaws) that Butch Cassidy survived his fate. Some of this is more intellectual than George Roy Hill's classic. If this movie were to attempt to tell that story and not tie itself down to the Newman/Redford movie, I would be more excited. They may still, but this article doesn't suggest it.

There ought to be a double-standard regarding movies that happen to be about legendary real people who happen to be the focus of other, classic, but possibly inaccurate movies. Like Bonnie and Clyde.
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6:16AM on 03/31/2010

april fools?

... i sure hope, otherwise this is 10X worse an idea than that titanic 2 where dicaprio lived or whatever... and that was a joke.

If they wanna make their own butch cassidy story with no ties to the original, good, but if this is literally supposed to be asequel, thats so wrong ... rewriting the end of classic films for the purpsoes of your surely crappy sequel?... yikes.
... i sure hope, otherwise this is 10X worse an idea than that titanic 2 where dicaprio lived or whatever... and that was a joke.

If they wanna make their own butch cassidy story with no ties to the original, good, but if this is literally supposed to be asequel, thats so wrong ... rewriting the end of classic films for the purpsoes of your surely crappy sequel?... yikes.
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6:31AM on 03/31/2010
You speak truth.
You speak truth.
5:59AM on 03/31/2010
Without Newman or Redford, I'm not interested. Next!
Without Newman or Redford, I'm not interested. Next!
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3:18AM on 03/31/2010
i have never even seen the original and ill pass on this
i have never even seen the original and ill pass on this
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2:19AM on 03/31/2010
there was never any proof that either died in Bolivia.In 1991 DNA was taken from the two bodies and they couldn't be connected to Butch and Sundances familys.
there was never any proof that either died in Bolivia.In 1991 DNA was taken from the two bodies and they couldn't be connected to Butch and Sundances familys.
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2:01AM on 03/31/2010

Meh

Sounds a lot like Unforgiven to me. Plus I always knew that Butch shielded his body with Sundance...that bastard!
Sounds a lot like Unforgiven to me. Plus I always knew that Butch shielded his body with Sundance...that bastard!
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12:26AM on 03/31/2010

I love the original but ...

Why risk it? If I choose to see this it will be as a stand alone movie the more they try to tie it to the Newman/Redford flick the less appealing it will be for me.
Why risk it? If I choose to see this it will be as a stand alone movie the more they try to tie it to the Newman/Redford flick the less appealing it will be for me.
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