Sony no longer going to Yuma
Remember the Eric Bana/Tom Cruise western “3:10 To Yuma”, that we waxed lyrical about a couple of months back?
Well, but a memory it may only be, with Sony deciding this week that they’re not interested in doing the film at present.
Variety reports that the film is in turnaround, signalling a case of déjà vu for director James Mangold, whose “Walk the Line” suffered a similar fate at Sony before it eventually got before a camera elsewhere.
Mangold can’t work out why the film has been called off, because it was a pretty economically priced pic. “This is a very middle-priced movie," Mangold argued. "I've never made a movie that has exceeded $60 million, and this one won't either."
It has been suggested that Russell Crowe was in talks for a role – it isn’t stated whether he was going to play the role intended for Cruise, or whether he was replacing Eric Bana – and that his fee may have left Sony with cold feet.
His defence? "Westerns have come to mean a kind of narcissistic, ponderous film - and that ain't what we're making," Mangold said. “We're making something with balls, taste and emotion. And I think it's something that's an answer to the kind of saturated, digital overload we're seeing on screens. This is about real people and real action. I have the utmost respect for Sony, Amy Pascal, Doug Belgrad, and I can't explain why it wouldn't fit into what they're doing. The only explanation I have is that when push came to shove it wasn't going.”
According to Mangold, Crowe is still very much interested in doing the film, and he hopes to find it a new home. Wouldn’t be surprised if FOX snag it.