Goodbye superhero movies, hello westerns: Clint Eastwood’s classic ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ is getting a remake


The original spaghetti western For a Fistful of Dollars apparently it’s going to be remade and the original is dead.

Since movies became massive events rather than just experiments with the medium’s possibilities, Hollywood has seen a lot of trends. Right now, it’s superhero movies, although they may be a thing of the past. The 1960s saw the birth of the spaghetti western, a genre of film that got its name from the fact that Westerns were made in Europe, and the spaghetti came from the fact that many of them were made by Italian directors and producers. It was A Fistful of Dollars that kicked off the subgenre in 1964, a cult film directed by Sergio Leone and starring the (now) grumpy Clint Eastwood. Despite a few attempts here and there, a remake was never made, but as reported by DeadlineIt looks like one of them is already in the works.

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Euro Gang Entertainment, the company founded by Gianni Nunnari (300_) and Simon Horsman (Magazine Dreams), is set to produce the film with FPC’s Enzo Sisti (Ripley) and Rome-based Jolly Film, the studio behind the original film. Details are being kept under wraps for now, as it’s still early in development, but the general idea is that it will be an English-language film — no writer, cast or shooting date has been announced yet.

A Fistful of Dollars tells the story of a traveling gunslinger who finds himself in a modern town, where he plays two sides of opposing factions against each other. He made two equally successful films, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Although A Fistful of Dollars itself has never been remade, it is technically a remake.

The film was later identified as an unlicensed remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, prompting production company Toho to sue. The lawsuit was successful, with Kurosawa and Toho receiving 15% of the film’s revenue, so it will be compelling to see how this is handled in the case of a remake of a spaghetti Western.

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