A sequel to 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid' is being made.

Filming on the project is to begin next month, with Sam Shepard playing the role of Butch, originally portrayed by Paul Newman in 1969.

It takes place 15 years after the setting of the original movie, and Shepard's character will be seen attempting to pull off a robbery that would allow him to return back home to the US from Bolivia.

The film's writer-and-director Mateo Gil claims the movie will stay true to the first film's traditional Western values.

He said in a statement posted on the production company Arcadia's website: "One of the things that I like most about Westerns is that it's a truly moral genre.

"The characters face life and death, and other very important matters - freedom, commitment and loyalty, courage, treachery, ownership and money, justice, friendship and even love - in very pure and simple terms. It's a genre that helps us look at our own life and find a way to face it."

Mateo's back catalogue of work mostly consists of foreign movie titles, although he did write 2001's 'Vanilla Sky', which starred Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.