Are Cruise And Travolta The New Butch And Sundance?

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butch and sundance Are Cruise And Travolta The New Butch And Sundance?As far as cinematic duos go, they don’t get much more iconic than Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Well, it now looks like there might just be a new Butch and Sundance for the 21st Century and the actors playing the legendary cowboys might be Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

Now is this a solid story or is it somebody’s idea of dream casting?

In all honesty, it sounds like BS – the reason being that it originated in the British press. The press (here) in Britain are legendary for not only fabricating supposed movie news but also entire quotations from so-called “sources”. Having said that, the article in The┬áDaily Express does appear to be well researched and they have enough tiny tidbits that imply that it might just be real.

Cruise co-starred with Paul Newman in The Color of Money and the pair shared a passion for race car driving that lasted until Newman’s death. It’s also pretty well known that Cruise and Travolta are Scientologists and close friends – so it is within the realms of possibility that the stars are working on a film project together. To heighten intrigue, Cruise co-starred with Redford in Lions For Lambs in 2007.

The Daily Express quotes a source which says:

“It has been a pet project of his (Cruise)┬áthat 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.”

A source went on to say:

“Butch and Sundance is a labour of love for Tom. He was eight years old when he saw the original and it made an impression that has stayed with him all his life. He can’t wait to get to work.”

Again, it all sounds like it might be on the level. However, when the newspaper contacted Cruise’s spokesman they declined to comment which isn’t a denial but it doesn’t show that the project is on Cruise’s radar either.

When the paper contacted original star Robert Redford his spokesperson said:

“This is news to me but I think he’ll be tickled by the idea of Butch and Sundance riding across the screen again.”

Again, not a denial, but you would expect Redford to be aware of a remake considering that he named his prestigious film festival after his character in the film.

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid was released in 1969 and grossed an amazing $102 million. A prequel was relased 10 years later titled Butch and Sundance: The Early Days starring William Katt and Tom Berenger which banked a less impressive $5 million.

I’m intrigued by this one, and if there is anymore news on the project Screen Rant will let you know.

Source: The Daily Express

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  1. Oh Geez,
    are you KIDDING ME?????

  2. Butch Cassidy and the Scientology Kid: The Aliens are Coming.

    Can’t wait.

  3. Come on, dream casting? Travolta is too old and Tom is getting up there. The original movie was the idea of two younger rebels and the shenanigans they get up to – Travolta is pushing 55. Terrible idea, just terrible.

  4. Holy unnecessary remakes, Batman! Is nothing sacred to these people? If you have such a love of the original, why try to tarnish its good name with these film-equivalent of abortions. The only way this could get worse is if Butch and Sundance have to save the world from Xenu.

  5. I can’t see how that works. Not sure Travolta could fit on a horse, and don’t think Cruise could get on one!

    Really can’t see any big names of today matching Newman and Redford back then. Those guys could really act!

    Sounds too daft to be true. Especially seeing as a tabloid from over here came up with it. Still, I live in dread.

  6. Great point, huntthejest.
    People love to go on about their love for the original and their respect for those involved, even while they butcher it.

  7. Oh, so much not a good idea. Weird as he may or may not be, Cruise is a good actor (just saw him in “Tropic Thunder” and was blown away), but this is one of those Unnecessary Remake concepts.

  8. The lack of charisma exuded by either of these individuals is enough to keep me out of the local cinema – with both of them on the same screen i’ll have to move out of this suburb altogether.
    And for Hubbard’s sake, enough with the bloody remakes already!

  9. I’ll pass. No thanks.

  10. Oh, lovely. Take a perfectly good classic movie with excellent stars and remake it with these two clowns. The only way to improve on the original is to remove the dopey, overly-long, and completely unnecessary scene during which “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” plays in the background.

    Oh, it made an impression on Tom when he first saw it? It made an impression on me, too, and I don’t want to star as Etta Place in a remake.

    There oughta be a law.

  11. That movie with William Katt and Tom Berenger only made $5 million? Wow! I didn’t think it was that bad of a movie. Although it’s supposed to be cool to dislike Tom Cruise or something, I like the guy lol. And Travolta is Boberino, how could anyone dislike him? I look at it more as if these guys aren’t filling Newman and Redford’s roles as they are filling the guys roles that were the real people. (Butch and Sundance) Although these two guys as outlaws does seem pretty odd. I’ll still watch this movie if it’s made though.