It’s no secret that we love our Westerns here at The Reel Bits, and Blackthorn looks like it will be an instant classic. Thanks to iTunes Movie Trailers, we can now have a look at this forthcoming saga starring Sam Shepard as none other than Butch Cassidy. The trailer and poster are below.
Synopsis: It’s been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In Blackthorn, Cassidy (Shepard) survived, and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. But when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid.
In the grand tradition of the best Westerns coming out of Europe, from Sergio Leone to Jan Kounen, director Mateo Gil is best known for his screenplay to Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), later remade as Vanilla Sky. He has also penned The Sea Inside and Agora.