CRY MACHO rumoured to be Clint’s next project
Reports are coming out of Hollywood that Clint’s next project may be Cry Macho. As the film industry slowly returns to work, Clint looks to be moving quickly to get his next movie going. Deadline reported that the iconic director is coming on to direct and star in Cry Macho for Warner Bros. While it’s unknown about a start date or when it might be released, sources say Eastwood has already begun scouting locations for the shoot.
Knowing how quick Eastwood’s shoots can go, insiders add the film could be in front of audiences by next winter. Sources add that the film does not yet have a formal green light.
Al Ruddy and Jessica Meier are producing, along with Tim Moore and Eastwood at Malpaso. N. Richard Nash, who wrote the novel Cry Macho, penned the script along with Nick Schenk. I can’t however confirm this, unless it is based on an old draft, as Wikipedia states that Nash died in Manhattan on December 11th 2000, aged 87?
Based on the book (which was published in June 1975 by Delacorte Press), the film will star Eastwood 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. The New York Times described it as a morality tale about two characters who help each other through tough transitions. Over the decades, there have been two aborted attempts to produce a movie of Cry Macho – a feature starring Roy Scheider began initial production in Mexico in 1991, while Arnold Schwarzenegger originally planned to return to acting in 2011, after his time as Governor of California, with a film of Cry Macho that was eventually cancelled. After selling Cry Macho, Nash began to write what he called "real novels" and discover that writing a novel was more flexible than writing a play and received much less criticism than writing a play
When it comes to the acting part, it hasn’t always been a given that Eastwood would also act in the films he was directing; he usually leaned toward staying behind the camera rather than do both. In recent years, he has been drawn to material that allows for both, most recently him starring and directing the 2018 thriller The Mule.