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James Mangold to Direct Contemporary Western 'The Gunslinger'

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December 17, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

James Mangold

After fairly unsuccessful trying his hand at action-comedy with Knight and Day (although it is Fox's highest grossing movie of the year), director James Mangold may be getting back to westerns. Heat Vision reports that Mangold, director of films like Kate & Leopold, Identity, Walk the Line, the western 3:10 to Yuma and Knight and Day, is attached to direct a contemporary western called The Gunslinger. The project was just picked up by New Regency in turnaround from Warner Bros (read: they weren't happy with it). The script is from newcomer John Hlavin and is being produced by Andrew Lazar and Mangold's wife Cathy Konrad.

John Hlavin's script The Gunslinger is a revenge thriller, described as a contemporary western, that centers on an ex-Texas Ranger who sets out to punish the men who killed his brother. It's an intriguing concept bouncing off of Matt Damon's fantastic performance as a boastful Texas Ranger in the Coen Brothers' True Grit, also a revenge thriller. This one seems a bit different, with the contemporary setting, so I'm curious to see how it'll turn out. New Regency wants to move fast with Gunslinger and is aiming for a spring start. I prefer seeing Mangold work in the western/action genre without any comedy. We'll keep an eye out for this.

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  • Jericho
    another western? ugh i will wait for DVD
  • beavis
    #1 - epic fail westerns are a great genre - especially the "gunslinger" movies. i will admit that i'm not sure how it being a contemorary western will work. hopefully it'll be good.
  • beavis
    #1 - epic fail westerns are a great genre - especially the "gunslinger" movies. i will admit that i'm not sure how it being a contemorary western will work. hopefully it'll be good.
  • beavis
    sorry about the double post - i hit post and nothing happened and hit it again -
  • Cool, He did a great job with 3:10 To Yuma and I love a western, new or old!
  • Mayhem
    As long as this has nothing to do with Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, I'm good with it. I enjoyed 3:10 to Yuma and I can't wait to see True Grit.

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