Sunday, April 14, 2024

Clint Eastwood, Age 90, Will Star in and Direct Next Film for Warner Bros. Based on 1975 Novel “Cry Macho” By Author of “The Rainmaker”


Clint Eastwood never stops and won’t stop thank goodness.

The 90 year old legendary actor and director has picked his next film. He’ll star in “Cry Macho” and direct it, too.

Producers are Al Ruddy, of “The Godfather” fame, with Jessica Meier, along with Tim Moore and Eastwood at their famed indie label, Malpaso.

Clint’s last movie he starred in was the excellent, “The Mule,” in 2018. Last year he directed “Richard Jewell,” which should have been a bigger hit but Warner’s dropped the ball. Too bad.

In this one, Eastwood will star as a “onetime rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who, in 1978, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom. Crossing rural Mexico on their back way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman may find his own sense of redemption through teaching the boy what it means to be a good man.”

Nick Schenck, who worked “Gran Torino” into a real gem, is buffing up the screenplay left behind by N. Richard Nash, author of the novel, “Cry Macho,” who died in 2000. Nash also wrote the famous play, “The Rainmaker,” which became a hit 1956 movie with Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn. I’d love to know if Clint just had the paperback lying around since 1975, or the Nash estate pursued a sale.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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