At 91, Clint Eastwood is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to making movies. He is currently in the process of directing, producing, and starring in ‘Cry Macho,’ a film based on the 1975 novel by author N. Richard Nash.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the film is set in 1979 and follows “Mike Milo (Eastwood), a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home from Mexico. Forced to take the backroads on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair face an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption.”
Eastwood told EW, “It’s about a man who has been through some hard times in his life and then unexpectedly another challenge is brought to the foreground.”
“He would normally never do it but he is a man of his word. He follows through. And it starts his life over again,” he said, calling it an “uplifting and poignant drama.”
They also released a trailer for the film, due to be released on September 17, 2021.
This is not the first time the novel was to get a film adaption. Previously titled ‘Macho,’ Nash originally wrote the screenplay, but it failed to be optioned as a movie, so he retooled the script into a novel. It had several failed attempts at producing a movie with various stars attached including Roy Scheider, Burt Lancaster, and Pierce Brosnan.
In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was attached to star in the movie with Albert S. Ruddy producing. The movie was delayed after Schwarzenegger’s election to governor of California and was ultimately canceled following his 2011 scandal.
Nash told the Orlando Sentinel, “I had a screenplay called Macho that no one wanted. It occurred to me to do a quick novelization. I got a $10,000 advance and completed it as Cry Macho in two weeks. It got surprisingly good reviews and the instant they appeared, three studios, all of which had rejected the screenplay, started to bid for this awful, little thing. I sold the rights to one. When they asked me to do the screenplay, I gave them what they had rejected — didn’t change a word — and they loved it!”
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