While the movie rags aren’t clamoring to cover this story, I can tell you that a few outdoor lifestyle sites have picked it up, including Backpacker and Cold Splinters. It looks like Edward Abbey’s gang of eco-misfit saboteurs from his 1975 novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, might be coming to a theater near you in 2010.

It’s slated to star none other than the often scruffy Matthew McConaughey as the always scruffy,  always buzzed George Hayduke and Richard Dreyfuss as mentor-type Doc Sarvis. While the exact casting choices haven’t been posted officially, one trade site has also included Elisabeth Shue, John Goodman and Jack Nicholson on their list along with Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke directing.

As a big fan of McConaughey and a really big fan of Edward Abbey (though Desert Solitaire is my personal favorite) I’m looking forward to this idea, but it looks like I might be one of the few. Eco eyes will be on them so let’s hope they make some green choices and heed some of Abbey’s words. And omit his excessive beer can tossing. (Edit: Sorry for any confusion about this remark, what I meant to convey was that they should “omit his excessive beer can tossing” (read: litter) from the production itself, not from the story. I hope that the production goes green and also remains true to Abbey’s content.)

  • don miguelo

    You mean he can do another role besides tanned, shirtless, sailing, peer-pressuring women with bad lines in a “romantic”/”comedy” usual?
    Will Megan Fox be opposite him (crosses fingers sarcastically)?!
    Sean Penn was busy, so they chose this guy? Sorry I guess I don’t find his track record convincing for such a important tale.
    Hayduke rolls over in grave!

  • Eco Dude

    IT’S ABOUT TIME…TOTALLY AWESOME! AND HOPEFULLY THE MOVIE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL ENOUGH SO THAT “HAYDUKE LIVES” (SEQUEL TO “MONKEY WRENCH GANG”) WILL BE MADE INTO A MOVIE, TOO! I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE IT!

  • Luke Warner

    Hayduke Lives + j.k.livin’ = blockbuster? We’ll see!

  • Eco Mama

    What’s next, Johnny Depp co-starring with fellow lunatic Val Kilmer as operatives in the group “Earth First!” ??? I WOULD COPY THAT DVD!!!

  • KEMOSABE

    “And omit his excessive beer can tossing.”

    You goddamn sierra-club types allowed the Glen Canyon dam to be built in the first place AND voted to convict.

    Don’t censor Abbey. For shame.

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  • ECo

    “And omit his excessive beer can tossing.”
    Have you absolutely NO respect for Abbey’s work? This is an essential part of Hayduke’s character development. It’s what makes him Hayduke.