Magazine article Variety

Modest Scarecrow Preps Fresh Field in Gotham

Magazine article Variety

Modest Scarecrow Preps Fresh Field in Gotham

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The man who directed the 1973 Palme d'Or winner has plans for a sequel - but it won't be easy

For proof of how much the film industry has changed over the past four decades, one need look no further than Jerry Schatzberg's Scarecrow, which won the Palme d'Or in Cannes 40 years ago this month. The enigmatically open-ended road movie returns to New York screens May 17, digitally restored, for a one-week run at the Film Forum.

Greenlighted by Warner Bros, as an alternative to faltering big-budget fare, the pic featured Gene Hackman (then hot off The Poseidon Adventure) and Al Pacino (in between The Godfather and Serpico) as drifters who dream big, hatching a plan to open a car wash together once they reach Pittsburgh.

At last month's TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, Schatzberg announced that he and a young scribe named Seth Cohen have written a follow-up to Scarecrow. Assuming they can get Warners' permission to use the characters, the film would have to be produced independently, acknowledges the helmer (who hasn't directed a feature since 2000's The Day the Ponies Come Back).

"It takes place 30 years later, and it basically deals with the boy they thought was dead," says Schatzberg, who sent the script to Pacino a couple weeks back. …

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