It’s going to happen, every great movie is remade, sometimes with good results, or others are disasters like the recent True Grit. I don’t usually enjoy remakes, but if they’re done right, it introduces a new audience to some great characters. The Dirty Harry movie franchise may be ready for a remake or a new adventure. Just as the James Bond franchise transitioned lead actors, Dirty Harry must do the same.
My vote goes to LOSTs’ Josh Holloway. He has the perfect blend of screen presence and charisma to pull it off. Holloway has demonstrated his capacity to play edgy and unpredictable characters. He is really the only man in Hollywood that can play Harry Callahan and breathe life into this long dormant series. This role would require a great talent and that is Josh Holloway.
Ironically, it is more difficult to pick a new signature handgun for Dirty Harry. Of course he could keep the S&W Model 29 as an homage to the original, but I don’t see it happening, as much as I’d like it to. I think a new weapon will be demanded. While the S&W 500 Magnum may be contender, my guess would also be that a semi-automatic will replace the revolver.
Which semi automatic? It will be hard to tell, but it can’t be any ordinary 9mm, 40, or 45. The only two choices I see are HK Mark 23 SOCOM or some form of the Desert Eagle in 50 Action Express.
The Desert Eagle has been so often used in movies it would need some gimmick to make it special.
Whatever is chosen, it will be a key product placement for a gun manufacturer. If the sales of the S&W Model 29 after the release of the original Dirty Harry in 1970 are an indication; the new just might sell like crazy also.