Erik recently shared word that the mega-fantastic movie-maker Clint Eastwood now has TWO separate movies being prepared for release later this year: a kidnapping thriller called Changeling -- and the recently-announced Gran Torino, which WB seems to be keeping a pretty tight lid on. But according to one source, Gran Torino may very well be the sixth entry in the Dirty Harry series, which began in 1971 with (of course) Dirty Harry, and continued on with Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983), and The Dead Pool (1988).

So who spilled the potential beans on this project? Some guy who was looking to sell his old Gran Torino on Cragislist! According to IESB.net, someone from Village Roadshow came by to look at the car, but didn't want it for one reason or another. And then apparently this guy from the production company added this: "He said [the project] was a thriller about a killer that drives a certain torino. His 1972 Ford Gran Torino is the only thing the police have on him. A retired police lieutenant, one Harry Callahan, makes it his mission to track down the culprit when two young police officers, one Callahan's grandson, are shot and killed by the guy."

So there. According to one amusing rumor, Gran Torino is actually the sixth (and inevitably final) chapter in the Dirty Harry saga. Hey, if Harrison Ford and Sylvester Stallone can do it, I have no problem with Mr. Eastwood picking up the revolver one more time. Plus, knowing Eastwood, this could become the Unforgiven of the Dirty Harry series -- and that'd be all sorts of excellent.
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