Riding off the back of the overwhelming success *cough* of The Rings Of Power, Amazon are developing a series inspired by Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. True to form, Amazon are not learning from their monumental mistake of changing the source material. In the name of Fan-Baiting they are mixing it up again.
Regé-Jean Page of Bridgerton and The Gray Man will be playing Butch Cassidy. Hold up, I hear you say, I thought race swapping was wrong? Well it is, but this is, and I quote:
“…a reimagining set in an alternate America”.
Joining Page will be Top Gun: Maverick’s Glen Powell as The Sundance Kid. Joe and Anthony Russo will be executive producers with Kaz and Ryan Firpo writing the script. If you don’t know who the Firpo’s are, they wrote Marvel’s Eternals. Oh boy, this just gets better and better.
The Russo’s series will take inspiration from 1969’s classic Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. The movie starred Paul Newman as Butch and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid and followed the duo on the run from authorities.
The movie won four Ocsars and was selected for preservation by the U.S. National Film Registry. It was also named as the 73rd greatest American film by the AFI.
The Real Butch And Sundance
Butch Cassidy was born Robert LeRoy Parker on 13th 1866. He died on 7th November 1908. He was an American train and bank robber and the leader of a gang of outlaws known as the Wild Bunch.
Cassidy’s criminal activity lasted more than a decade at the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century. The pressures of being pursued by law enforcement, notably the Pinkerton detective agency, forced him to flee the country. He fled with his accomplice Harry Longabaugh, known as the Sundance Kid, and Longabaugh’s girlfriend Etta Place.
The trio travelled first to Argentina and then to Bolivia, where Butch and Sundance are believed to have been killed in a shootout with the Bolivian Army in November 1908. Typically of the times, the exact circumstances of their fate continue to be disputed.
I look forward to not watching Amazon, the Russos and the Firpos rewriting the legacy of Butch and Sundance. Check us out on the Livestream tomorrow where we are discussing race swapping and why it’s wrong on all fronts.