When I first saw this news I almost passed out. The thought of Clint Eastwood making a return to his most iconic character is nothing short of mind blowing.
Yesterday it was announced that Clint Eastwood would star and direct a movie called Gran Torino, a film that would be released in December. Apart from these facts nothing else was known.
AICN has a scooper who says that Gran Torino is a:
"thriller about a killer that drives a certain torino. His 1972 Ford Gran Torino is the only thing the police have on him. A retired police lieutenant, one Harry Callahan, makes it his mission to track down the culprit when two young police officers, one Callahan’s grandson, are shot and killed by the guy."
In case you don't know: Harry Callahan is Dirty Harry!
In a word: "WOW."
By strange coincidence the other day I bought a Dirty Harry soundtrack album on Vinyl, and I was thinking about how good the Dirty Harry films were. Okay, the last one or two weren't great, but they're still good cop movies.
The time is right for a new Dirty Harry. If Rambo, Indy and John McClane can come back, then so can Harry. Clint might be old, but the dude can still pack a punch. There have been rumors for years that Warner Bros. wanted to get either a sequel made or restart the franchise. With Clint voicing the Dirty Harry video game, maybe he realized how much he liked the character. The plot to this film (if the AICN scoop is the plot) has a 1970's vibe to it, it's very similar to the Zodiac killer, a real life event that influenced the first Dirty Harry film.
There is no official confirmation if Gran Torino is a new Dirty Harry film, all this is wild speculation from a chap who said:
"I recently advertised my 1974 ford grand torino classic original for sale in the local here, and within 24 hours had someone from Village Roadshow Pictures interested in having a look at it. He came. He wasn’t interested for numerous reasons (probably the modifications). He told me they were looking for the right car for a new Clint Eastwood movie".
To heighten your experience of Dirty Harry check out the 1980's comedy show Sledge Hammer!. It's a pastiche of the Dirty Harry movies, and one of the greatest television shows of all time. Buy the DVD! Okay, that's my DVD plug over for today.
This could be nothing, however it could be the best news that I've heard since Indy 4 went into production.
I will keep you posted on whatever happens next. Pray people, pray.
What do you think - can we go another Dirty Harry film?