Tom Cruise & John Travolta might remake Butch Cassidy

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Tom Cruise is looking to team up with John Travolta to remake the classic 1960′s western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Tom would play the part of Sundance, originally Robert Redford’s part, and John Travolta would take up Paul Newman’s role as Butch. The movie has been one of Tom’s favorites since he was a little boy and this would be a “labor of love” for him.

The surrogate father of Scientology plans to produce the remake through his United Artists Studio and is currently in talks with scriptwriters, a new report claims.

A source tells The Daily Mirror: “Butch and Sundance is a labor 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.”

Tom hopes to revive the role of Sundance–played by Robert Redford in the original film–while 55-year-old John is expected to play Cassidy.

The 46-year-old star even got the blessing of Paul Newman – who originally played the role of Cassidy in the film about a pair of lovable bank robbers–before he died of lung cancer last September, tattles tell the tab.

“It has been a pet project of his that 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.”

[From Pop Crunch]

No, Tom Cruise. Just no.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of my favorite movies of all time, but I don’t pay it respect by trying to film a remake; I have a poster of it on my wall and I own the DVD.

If this report is true, you can bet there are going to be some interesting stories from on set. With the two stars being devout Scientologists, you just know there are going to be some strange demands and goings-on. They’ll set up a makeshift church in the studio lot, or require everyone on set to get an E-meter reading.

Tom needs to rethink his career, and the first step would probably be to stop fancying himself as an action star, and find some roles where he plays the bad guy. He did it in Collateral with Jamie Foxx, and was pretty believable. What do you guys think – should Tom take more villain roles?

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  1. Shelly Shellz says:

    Tom & John…it was bound to hpn, it was but a matter of time.

  2. Mairead says:

    They blinkin’ well dare :evil: And who is going to replace (the irreplaceable) Katherine Ross? Julia Roberts?

    The idea of remaking this film fills me with dread (come on, there must be more untold stories of frontier derring do than rehashing classics?).

    However I do doubt that these two are loopy enough to think they are suitable for the parts – they’re both far too middle-aged looking to get away with being in their late 20s, even taking into consideration that men of that age looked older in that era. Newman and Redford still looked way more freshfaced than these two.

    Mind you, they’ll probably wind up going with people even more unsuitable – like Zac Efron.

  3. Alexis says:

    John Travolta as BUTCH, I know it’s obv. but isn’t he a bit Fem for that?

  4. photo jojo says:

    I’ve never seen the original. I don’t really care to. But I can assure you that my vote on this is a hearty DO NOT WANT!

  5. Cece says:

    I think he should dig himself a hole so we can all forget about him…let alone see him make a fool out of himself by attempting to fill the shoes of Robert Redford. Why is still famous?

  6. Mairead says:

    Oops – I stand corrected. The duo were 41/42 when they (likely) died in 1908.

    Photo JoJo – oh you should see the film; it is a great story. Now bear in mind, it’s a film, not a documentary so much of the action is fiction. Plus the chemistry between Newman and Redford is amazing.

    The only thing is you’ll be humming “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” for days afterwards. :lol:

  7. kiki says:

    BrokeBack mountain
    more like it

  8. Songbird says:

    Anyone else hear that? That was my soul dying.

    Worst Idea Ever.

  9. Jackie says:

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!

    These two could never EVER touch ANYTHING done by Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

    Remaking the movie is a horrible idea, but if they do, they could at least find some REAL MEN to play those parts! Not these two–they are too old anyway!

  10. geronimo says:

    I think there’s something wrong with me, but I can actually see this working….

  11. Mairead says:

    8O @ geronimo

    Maybe if they approached it from the point of view of the Pinkerton Agency, rather than playing Butch and Sundance. Maybe.

    To be blunt; I’d sooner sit through a remake of theirs of Gone With The Wind. And I think the original is over-long dirge of the highest order. :P

  12. Jen says:

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no. NO.

  13. morgs says:

    Michael K is going to have a field day with this…

  14. geronimo says:

    Mairead – I know. I don’t understand why it’s not filling me with horror. I’ll get help.

  15. nanster says:

    Kiki – that’s just what I was thinking! LOL

  16. KateNonymous says:

    I don’t watch their movies anyhow, but this is just a terrible idea.

  17. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Bad idea poorly executed and the public will no doubt lap it up like cream.

  18. Angie says:

    No, no, no! Pleeeeeeeeeeze no.

  19. Jag says:

    Oh no.

    Perhaps this is the only legitimate way they can share a trailer without people asking questions…

  20. Feebee says:

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  21. K.L. says:

    Dammit, dammit, dammit…NO! Do not take a classic and turn it into some sad watered down parody. I like John Travolta, and I’m sure his heart is in the right place by wanting to accept this role-probably viewed by him as an homage to Paul. However, I see Cruise’s reasonings as plain ego driven. “This is my favorite movie, I’m sure I can do it better!” No, Tom..you can’t.

    Whether or not Paul Newman gave his blessing, I would hope Tom would realize he doesn’t hold a candle to the man in acting ability, or in how he led his life. I’m so damn sick of Hollywood trying to recycle every movie that was worth a damn. If this happens, it will be like Psycho all over again – a huge remake mistake.

  22. Obvious says:

    @mairead

    Blasphemy! GWTW is one of the best movies ever! I would only sit through a remake if they stayed true to the story-but that would definately put over the running length of the original-before they cute it down!

  23. MSG says:

    More like Brokeback Mountain with these two closeted homosexual Scientologist appearing in it. Leave well enough alone and don’t remake it!

  24. Orangejulius says:

    Why, why, why would they do this? No more flamin remakes! It makes no sense to remake a really good movie; I just don’t see the point besides $$$. Duh,

  25. Orangejulius says:

    Why, why, why would they do this? It makes no sense to remake a really good movie other than the $$$$$. Duh, I just answered my own question.

  26. Orangejulius says:

    Sorry, didn’t think it took the first time!

  27. RobN says:

    Why remake something unless you can make it better? And there’s no way they are making that film better.

    Worst movie idea ever.

  28. t says:

    LOL Kiki! You are so right…Brokeback Mountain would be better for those two!

  29. caro says:

    it’s a n obviously stupid idea! i like tom cruise as actor but it’s stupid!

  30. mae says:

    OMG!!!!!!!NO,No,No!! Tom is just an idiot who thinks everyone loves him!How wrong he is! Did anyone actually hear Paul Newman give a blessing? No? That’s b/c it’s all in Toms little mind.John & Tom touching anything of Pauls or Roberts should land them in jail.It is a great movie LEAVE IT ALONE!! PLEASE!

  31. parent says:

    A big question in all this is: Should Merrill Lynch and Bank of America be engaged in Hollywood movie making after receiving taxpayer money in the form of the TARP?

    If Merrill Lynch’s half-billion dollar contract with MGM/UA/Tom Cruise cannot be broken–like the AIG bonuses–then shouldn’t movie executive compensation be set to no more than $250,000 per year? And, if such movie executives make more than that, they should be taxed at the 90% tax rate that the House of Representatives passed concerning people getting the AIG bonuses.

    This movie financing with taxpayer money should be a matter of taxpayer and congressional outrage! It is putting government money at too much risk; especially after the “Valkyrie” and “Lions to Lambs” failures.

    Let your congressman and senators know how you feel.

  32. stellapurdy says:

    Please don’t.

    Next thing you know they’ll be wanting to remake The Sting too.

  33. angie says:

    The word “No” does not adequately convey the “no-ness” of my response to this. It’s beyond “no.”
    These two are NOT Butch and Sundance… not in the Newman/Redford sense. Their roleplay in the privacy of their own shared bedroom, however, is a different matter and none of my business.

    BIG FAT NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. whatever says:

    Butch Travolta and Couchdance Cruz–together! I can hardly wait. And, I can already tell who is going to be the top and the bottom in this bro-mance. But, I really want to know how they will incorporate Scientology into this movie? Will they run all psychologists and their “glib” medecine out of town–western style?

  35. RDM says:

    I wonder who fellow Scientologists Leah Remini, Jenna Elfman, and, God forbid, Kirstie Alley will play?

  36. surtee says:

    @whatever

    “But, I really want to know how they will incorporate Scientology into this movie?”

    After the railroad car and safe are blown to pieces, Sumdunce turns to Bitch and says, “Think you used enough 8th dynamic, Bitch?”

  37. Judy says:

    There is only one Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It is NOT Tom and JOHN….give it up guys. You may as well save the money and find something more to Toms talents and being a cow slinger isnt one of them . on top of that why ruin a great movie. Why remake something that you will lose money on ??? I love JT but why embarrass yourself..?

  38. cleveland says:

    LOL surtee. Instead of being chased by a revenge posse, it’s going to be: “The thetons are coming! The thetons are coming! Time to mosey on outta here! Yee-haw horsey.”

  39. Tanya says:

    Butch (gay)Scientology!

  40. ItsFullOfPoop says:

    These alien worshiping hacks mouthbreathers both need a swift kick in the cojones.

  41. frewt says:

    Thats the funniest thing I’ve read in ages.

  42. Kat says:

    Hell NO………

  43. RubyRed says:

    nononononononononononononono! its wrong! You can’t REMAKE a classic like this! Anyway, i cant imagine anyone paying a brass farthing to see mini freak man in a film ever again – what a pair scientologist losers.
    Why would you chose two over the hill stars who are old enough to be grandads to star in a film previously acted in by two hot stud muffins? If anyone was going to remke this surely to god they’d pick some hot ass dudes who could at least try to live up to newman & redford – come to think of it – there isnt anyone!
    Look what happened when they tried to remake Alfie, Get Carter & The Italian job – what a butt munch of flops !

    Oceans eleven worked – hot ass dudes says it all !

  44. CB Rawks says:

    Now I just want to punch someone.

  45. Marianne says:

    DUDE, WTF?????????????????
    You mean, like, John Travolta and Tom Cruise replacing PAUL NEWMAN AND ROBERT REDFORD, two of the biggest Hollywood legends and most beloved hunks ever? It must be some kind of joke. No one could ever do enough justice to such classic. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid is perfect the way it is. It doesn’t need a remake. What’s next? Lawrence of Arabia? Sunset Boulevard?
    I’m so sick of Tom, of his delusions of grandeur, of his Stepford wife and his robotic kid. Everything is so plastic and fake about these people. I don’t like to wonder what happens behind closed doors with these freaks. I think Tom seriously needs to see a shrink to treat his narcissistic disorder. This man is sick. And I think Travolta is just following his way.

  46. heh-heh says:

    So this is what drives movie fans to terrorism…

    Seriously, Butch Cassidy was a genuine word-of-mouth phenomenon back in 1969. This was before the mass marketing that could make any dog seem like a hit with a big opening weekend — the original Butch was in theaters for *months*. It was in tune with its time — the younger generation being declared “outlaws” by the establishment.

    If these two conceited pieces of crap actually get past the planning stages on this, I hope it flops so big it makes them homeless. HOMELESS. It’ll serve them right.

  47. Dead Siskel says:

    Vinni Barbarino and Maverick? WTF?! The original is excellent. Please let this just be a bad dream. If it must be made why not have Brad Pitt and Josh Groban do it? Will this remake be called Butch Dianetics and the Zenu Kid?

  48. carol says:

    Yuck, you r–e my childhood. Tom cruise should be in Tombstones and John Travolta.

  49. Rupert says:

    Why do they do that. Josh Lucas should if remake I can’t no longer enjoys Hollywood.