Remaking A Classic
I'm not one of those namby-pamby types who thinks that good movies can never be remade but I have to confess at least some hesitation that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are re-making Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
It's an interesting idea. Those two have more personal chemistry than Redford and Newman had and Newman had more success at that point in his career but Damon is in Redford's league circa 1969.
Why bother to bring up something like this? Well, I am a huge William Goldman fan and it's due to films like Butch Cassidy and The Princess Bride. Word at the time was that the Weinstein's brought in Goldman, long known as the master of cleaning up scripts in trouble, as an uncredited screenwriter on Good Will Hunting. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon ended up getting an Academy Award for writing that movie. Yeah, writing. Output since then for both of those guys? Nothing. Goldman, always a good soldier, denied doing anything to "Good Will" other than meeting with them for a few days and offering some advice. It still looks fishy to me. Those guys play off their non-writing production since then by saying 'we had to write a script to get work as actors and we don't have that problem now.' Ben Affleck sure knows a lot about good scripts - he was in Reindeer Games, after all.
If you look at the credits for "Good Will Hunting" all it says about him is "William Goldman ... thanks."
Goldman is in his mid-70s and got paid for "Butch Cassidy" a long time ago so they could do whatever they want with it and still list him as the writer. Which would be the sort of bizarre ironic twist I love.