Butch Cassidy Sequel? Wait…what?

14 Oct

As soon as I saw the headline that there will be a sequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, my immediate thoughts were…wait, didn’t they die at the end? How can they do a sequel if they are dead?

Touche

Upon further research, I found out that it is not necessarily a sequel to the movie, but instead is based more off the mystery surrounding the real life shootout at San Vicente in 1908. Apparently, the supposed bodies of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were never 100% identified by authorities, although there is strong evidence supporting that the bodies of the two gunman at the San Vincente shootout were them. Plus, there were rumors that Butch Cassidy was still alive and supposed correspondence from him was received from him several years later. This “sequel” is an imagining of that story and will be called Blackthorn. It will be directed by Mateo Gils, in his english-language directorial debut and star Sam Shepherd (The Assassination of Jesse James, Brothers) as an aging Butch Cassidy, who is living in Bolivia under the alias James Blackthorn.

Once I heard what the film was really about, I was less shocked and more interested. I think this could be an interesting take on his character and could be a great western. Shepard is an actor that can embody the dry wit of an aging Cassidy and it would be interesting to revive such a legendary character in a non-remake scenario. I don’t think this will be like other money-grubbing sequels either, but instead will be a more solemn, artistic re-imagining.

Do you think that this is a good idea? Or should Cassidy and the Kid just be left dead at San Vicente?

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4 Responses to “Butch Cassidy Sequel? Wait…what?”

  1. Jeff S.C. October 14, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    I haven’t heard anything about this, sounds strange. I wonder what it would be about. Just him, living in Bolivia?

    • Chris Petersen October 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

      From what I hear is he is going to try to get one last glimpse of home. So he treks across the Bolivian desert. While he does this, he takes a young thief under his wing. It sounds alright.

  2. Rostron2 October 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Interesting. It’s really a whole different film. The original needs no prequel/sequel of otherwise IMHO anyway. Rostron2

    • Chris Petersen October 15, 2010 at 8:15 am #

      I agree with you that it doesn’t need a direct sequel, but I think this is more about a “what if?” in the real life story as opposed to the movie, so I am kind of interested.

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