Less western, more contemporary… The Man With No Name returns…
Spaghetti Western films might not be the most appealing genre for cinemagoers in the current times but, there are some films that have left their mark in the history of cinema as one of the best movies to exist.
Clint Eastwood starrer A Fistful of Dollars which released in 1964 is one of them and catapulted the actor to stardom. An instant hit, the film saw two sequels, For a Few Dollars More in 1965 and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in 1966, the latter being the most widely known.
56 years after its release, looks like the Man With No Name will return once again. Only this time, it’ll be on streaming devices.
A Fistful of Dollars Remake:
Reportedly, Mark Gordon Pictures who have the rights to A Fistful of Dollars are remaking the western film into a TV series. The production house has rights to both, A Fistful of Dollars and Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, the Japanese film which served as the original to Sergio Leone’s adaptation.
The remake will see a modern, contemporary approach with the spaghetti film at its core. Writing the remake will be Bryan Cogman, who wrote the screenplay for Game of Thrones and is currently assisting on The Lord of the Rings web series obtained by Amazon which will follow events before the films.
What to expect from the plot:
In the world of sci-fi, where unexpected is the norm, Western films have fallen out of trend. However, that wouldn’t mean every Western film is doomed to failure. Since there is no further detail about the series, one can expect that the “contemporary” version would redefine the Man With No Name and stay away from the archetypical notions.
It would be interesting to see how the story takes off from Yojimbo or A Fistful of Dollars since Mark Gordon Pictures has the rights to just these two films and not its sequels. Albeit, a difficult task, there are multiple directions the web series can go given its contemporary nature while also remain true to its spaghetti roots.
Would Clint Eastwood make an appearance?
It’s no surprise that the Dollars trilogy is close to Eastwood’s heart. The role of the Man With No Name that made him a force to be reckoned with.
At the time when screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni revealed that he had written a sequel to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Eastwood had expressed his interest in reprising his role. Unfortunately, the idea was canned and the sequel never came to fruition.
While it would be a bit too late for the 90-year-old to reprise his role, there is plenty of opportunity for his son, Scott to carry on the legacy of the Man With No Name. Given the uncanny resemblance between Scott and a young Clint, it would be wild to see Eastwood Jr. fill in the shoes of his father.
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Judging by this picture, it wouldn’t be that difficult.
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