In 2017, there were reports that a remake of Every Which Way but Loose was soon going to hit the screens. Obviously, it became big news for fans of the classic movie which although was not on the good pages of critics, still ended up being one of the most successful movies of the year, earning $85 million after it was released in 1978.
More than 2 years since director Anthony G. Cohen made the revelation that the film was going to be remade, there has been an overwhelming silence with nothing more said to that regard. Although there are claims that filming is ongoing, the time has stretched too far without any further news of how far the work has come. For now, here is all you should know about the remake of the film.
About the Original Every Which Way But Loose
Directed by James Fargo, the 1978 movie tells the story of Philo Beddoe who is portrayed by Clint Eastwood. His character is a truck driver who also makes a living as a bare-knuckle fighter. He goes in search of a woman he loves, Lynn Halsey-Taylor, who disappeared on him.
Accompanied by his brother and manager, Orville Boggs as portrayed by Geoffrey Lewis and his pet orangutan named Clyde, he starts an adventure that would see him step on many toes, including that of a motorcycle gang, Black Widow from whom he collected bikes. He also stepped on the toes of a cop, Putnam and both the gang and the cop now want to have their revenge on him.
The film was written by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg and produced by Robert Daley. Although the portrayal of Philo by Eastwood is very much out of his normal roles, he still executed it beautifully.
Will There Really Be A Remake Of The Classic?
In January 2017, Deadline made an exclusive report that Every Which Way but Loose is on its way to be remade, close to four decades after the film was first released by Warner Bros. While it did not give details about the film, Deadline revealed that the director of the original film, James Fargo, will also work on its remake as the producer.
The original film featured cast members such as Sondra Locke who portrayed Lynn Halsey-Taylor, the love interest of Eastwood. Others are Beverly D’Angelo who portrayed Echo, Ruth Gordon as Ma, and the leader of the bikers, John Quade.
Anthony G. Cohen who has directed a number of works, including the 2017 movie, The Sex Trip, will reportedly be the person to direct the film. According to the report, Fargo had spent over a year trying to get a good director for the movie. He interviewed a few other directors before finally settling for Cohen after seeing his film, The Sex Trip. He said as soon as he saw the work of the director and writer, he knew immediately that he had got his man.
Since then, nothing more has been said about the film publicly and nearly three years later, there are questions on whether the film will still be remade. In the light of the fact that no news has come up about whether the remake is underway or not, things such as the release date and cast are not known. Although age has caught up with Eastwood who took part in the original movie when he was much younger, it is not known if he will take part in the remake of the film and the role that he will play.
The First Film Was Very Successful
As stated, the original film was a huge success even against the negative reviews it got, recording millions at the box office. More so, it had a sequel to it in 1980 with the title Any Which Way You Can. The two movies were among the highest-grossing of the works of Clint Eastwood. Interestingly, before Eastwood was offered the role in the original film, Burt Reynolds was the first person considered but he turned it down and it went to Clint who said it was a role that did not get many people excited, but it still later worked.
If the success of the original film against all odds is anything to go by, then the movie deserves a remake. Nonetheless, there are very few indications even with the announcement, that the remake will actually see the light of day.