“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” premiered as a hit film in 1969. However, after several decades, fans of the story are in for a treat very soon. Now, the film’s famous duo will soon premiere in its very own TV series backed by Stone Village Television.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stone Village landed rights to Charles Leerhsen’s book Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw after an intense bidding war. Currently, the brand has not attached itself to a network yet. For now, Stone Village plans to finance the series themselves through European and Latin American sources. Overall plans will see “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” targeting international audiences, specifically those in Latin America.
For unfamiliars of the iconic Western, Latin America plays a key role in the plot of the 1969 film. The story was initially a hit novel before gaining status as the 7th-greatest Western of all time. The plot surrounds Wild West outlaws Butch Cassidy and partner Harry Longabaugh (the “Sundance Kid”). The pair faces adventures and obstacles together as they run from a crack U.S. posse after several train robberies. Their travels eventually put them in South America’s landlocked country of Bolivia.
TV Adaptation Explores Latin Highlights of the Famous Western
Of the endeavor to highlight Latin America’s influence on “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff said, “Much of the book and the adventures of The Sundance Kid…[take] place in South America. During that time period, Butch Cassidy and his gang were more well-known there than in North America.”
Conclusively, the representative stated, “This isn’t just an American Western story, but a Latin American story, and it needs to be told.”
Plans for the TV adaptation will definitely take the iconic duo’s adventures down an entirely new route. Although, the question of Cassidy and Sundance’s relationship with the story’s love interest remains uncertain
We know she eventually left Bolivia after abandoning both men following their refusal to transform their risky lifestyles in the film. Perhaps the new adaptation will give “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” fans answers about one of the Wild West’s wildest women.
‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ Star Intimidated Hollywood Cowboy Sam Elliott
As we know, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” features one of the most iconic freeze frames in film history. Not only does the beloved outlaw duo find themselves facing a Bolivian firing squad. They leave us with questions surrounding the pair’s romance with wild woman Etta Place.
It’s uncertain whether we could receive conclusive answers as to the woman’s fate following the end of the hit Western film. Now, we wonder if the TV adaptation will feature love interests as iconic as Hollywood cowboy Sam Elliott and Etta actress Katherine Ross’s.
Interestingly, the famous couple filmed the Western together in 1969. But it wasn’t until nine years following “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” that the two would finally interact.
Elliott previously shared, “I didn’t dare try to talk to [Katherine Ross] then,” while filming the outlaw story. “She was the leading lady [and] I was a shadow on the wall.”
Regardless, Hollywood film fanatics now idealize the enduring romance of beloved actors Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross.