I remember a couple of years ago some punk made up a bullshit rumour about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck starring in a remake of â€œButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kidâ€ and managed to convince a few websites â€“ not us; his return email bounced so I knew automatically it had to be a venomous epistle- of its legitimacy. It even hit the radio stations here – locally in Australia â€“ and quite a few major newspapers. For all I know, people had even started pre-booking tickets for it on Moviefone.
Now, the U.K rag The Daily Express is reporting that Tom Cruise is interested in remaking the Newman/Redford classic. Yes, itâ€™s the rather fly-by-night Daily Express doing the reporting â€“but at least itâ€™s not some funny-named kid with the spelling skills of a 6-year-old writing from a non-existent hotmail account.
I question it, but there are enough plausible facts here to imply it could be real.
– Cruise has apparently got the blessing of Paul Newman, and we know that he couldâ€™ve, as he and his â€œColor of Moneyâ€ co-star are still good friends.
– Cruise has a woody for the Western â€“ he was circling â€œ3:10 to Yumaâ€ at one stage, and loved the genre so much he made a blink-and-youâ€™ll-miss-him cameo in â€œYoung Gunsâ€ at the request of his pal Emilio Estevez back in the 80s.
Oh, and who would play the Sundance to Cruiseâ€™s Butch? None other than John Travolta, another close friend â€“ and fellow scientologist â€“ of the â€œValkyrieâ€ star. Theyâ€™ve apparently been looking to do something together for quite some time. Iâ€™d believe that. They do seem close.
â€œButch and Sundance is a labour of love for Tom,â€ said a source close to the star. â€œHe was eight years old when he saw the original and it made an impression that has stayed with him all his life. He canâ€™t wait to get to work.â€
Letâ€™s see how this one pans out.