Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid TV series in development
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is considered one of the greatest westerns of all time, so let’s turn it into a TV series.
THR reported that Régé-Jean Page (Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Thieves) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) should star in a reimagining of Butch and Sundance for Amazon. The studio gave the series a direct order after winning a bidding war that included Disney+ and Peacock. Joe and Anthony Russo will serve as executive producers through their AGBO banner, with Kaz and Ryan Firpo writing the scripts for the series. The report does not contain too many details on the Butch and Sundance television series, but is said to be set in an alternate America similar to For all mankind Where The Man in the High Castle. Interesting.
Regé-Jean Page will play Butch Cassidy in the TV series, a role played by Paul Newman in the classic 1969 western, with Glen Powell playing the Sundance Kid, who was played by Robert Redford in the original film. Besides playing in the Butch and Sundance TV series, Page and Powell will serve as executive producers and remain involved in the creative process. The project is still in its early stages, so it’s unclear who will be directing or how many episodes we’re talking about. THR’s report indicates that the series is being considered as a bigger franchise with multiple series and spinoffs.
This series is not the only project that the Russo brothers are developing with Amazon. They also have Citadela spy thriller that’s shaping up to be one of the most expensive television series of all time. Citadel is supposed to be a “Avengers-style spy showas it is about spies from around the world coming together for the ultimate mission. The series also has franchise potential built in, as each of the spies could be featured in their own films in their home country. Behind-the-scenes issues resulted in the exit of a few members of the creative team, leading to a series of costly reshoots.