Up until now, no matter how hard our industry strived to break down the participation disparity between men and women in fly fishing there is one thing the men currently have that the women don’t, THE MOVIE!
Well now a new A River Runs Through It film is on the way, and this time its women who will be doing most of the fly fishing.
Director Robert Redford who directed the original film confirmed long-swirling rumors of a reboot. “It’s official,” Redford wrote. “I’m making a new A River Runs Through It.”
When Redford was first approached about directing a new version of the movie, his initial response was that it would be impossible because the original 1992 movie is such an enduring classic. “I love the first one so much and I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that,” Redford told Entertainment Weekly. “So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can add some new dynamics.” The idea for an all-female cast came to him simply because, he said, “My favorite thing to do is work with strong women and I want to take advantage of the huge surge of women now taking up the sport.”
Redford also revealed the two actresses who will take on the title roles: Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johannsen will play sisters Norma and Paulina Maclean based on the original characters of Norman and Paul Maclean. Craig Sheffer and Brad Pitt played the Maclean brothers in the 1992 original.
Brad Pitt was among the first to voice support for the all-female remake and said that Kunis and Johansson would have no problem measuring up to the original cast.
Redford would not confirm who will be taking on the roles of Neil Burns and Rawhide, two of the movies more iconic characters. He hinted that the gender reversal of those two characters will be well worth the wait and has already spawned a new hashtag #sisterherewantstofish.
Redford also addressed early criticism from Hollywood insiders that the film did not need a reboot. “These are the same naysayers who said the Ghostbusters reboot was going to be a miserable failure and look how well that turned out. Sure there will some fiftysomethings mourning the death of their cherished fly fishing movie but they still have the original, this film is for the next generation of fly fishers.”
The new version of the film does not yet have a scheduled release date.