Bobcat Goldthwait to Direct an Ass-Kicking Western 'Rio Malo'
by Ethan Anderton
April 21, 2010
Who would've thought that a goofy voiced comedian who appeared in a couple of Police Academy movies would move on to direct a darkly hilarious, and wholly underrated flick like World's Greatest Dad? Bobcat Goldthwait did just that with a film that was quite buzzed at last year's Sundance (you can also check it out on Netflix Instant). But now Production Weekly says he's looking to direct an ass-kicking western he's been developing called Rio Malo (which is Spanish for Bad River, so it'll be serious). Plot details are sparse but SlashFilm found out it deals with "crooked cops, unavenged murders, injustice, discrimination and drag."
This isn't a dark comedy like World's Greatest Dad or his directorial debut Shakes the Clown, but is being shopped around as an action adventure. Obviously if the story has enough drag to warrant mentioning in the pseudo logline of the film, then there's got to be a little comedy in there. I've never been a huge fan of westerns, but recent takes on the genre like No Country for Old Men (though it's not a typical western, it has all the right elements) and upcoming flicks like Jonah Hex and Cowboys & Aliens have helped spice up the genre recently. But Goldthwait's involvement in a western is enough to get me interested this time. It could also take precedence over the Kinks-based musical he's been developing, but we'll find out for sure soon.