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'The Guard' Director Plans 'Cavalry' with Brendan Gleeson & More

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April 29, 2011
Source: ComingSoon

John Michael McDonagh

With the action comedy In Bruges, director Martin McDonagh delivered a great film with the help of a fine performance from Brendan Gleeson. Since then, the actor decided to team up with the filmmaker's brother John Michael McDonagh for The Guard, a film that opened the Sundance Film Festival back in January and has since been picked up for release later this year. Now the latter McDonagh brother is already looking forward to working with Gleeson again as he revealed to ComingSoon that they will reunite for Cavalry, a film that will focus on a priest who ends up getting toremented by his community in Ireland.

McDonagh sat down with CS at the Tribeca Film Fest and here's what he had to say about the project:

"During the course of editing I wrote another script with Brendan. There's been loads of stuff about pedophile priests, both in America and Ireland, so going back to writing the opposite, is what would be the right time to write about a priest who's a good man. It's dramatic, but it's got a lot of comedy, and it will be about a priest who is tormented by his community. Everyone in the village is sort of against him, so he's a good man but the characters around him will be darker so instead of him propelling the narrative, it will be him responding to other people."

Definitely sounds like in interesting character-based story. In addition, McDonagh also talked about another project he has in the works. This one doesn't seem to have Gleeson involved yet, but when you hear what this new project is about, you won't have a problem picturing him in the story. McDonagh talked about a script he has in the works called War on Everyone. Here's what he says about it:

"There's this other one I've been trying to make for a while, it's about two corrupt cops in the Deep South--I put it in Alabama--and it's basically the two of them screwing over people, ripping them off, blackmailing criminals, and then they eventually come across a villain who is more dangerous than they are… or is he? That will be a real hardcore black comedy."

Obviously Gleeson is Irish, so he'd have to put on the Southern drawl for the story, but he's an actor after all. However, it's not entirely clear if McDonagh would end up directing both of these films sooner or later as he says, "Those scripts are on the backburner for a third and fourth film, and those two to me are achievable for where I'm at now to get them made for about $10 to 15 million." Of course, with the buzz around The Guard sounding good, I'd be willing to bet McDonagh won't have trouble getting his next film off the ground. As always, we'll let you know what we hear about McDonagh's films. Either of these projects sound good?

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  • Anonymous
    After watching The Guard at Tribeca this last week, I'm very excited to see McDonagh's future projects.
  • Warren Oates
    His project is called CALVARY, as in Golgotha. Not Cavalry.
  • Ellen
    Is there auditions?

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