Kurt Russell and More Line Up for Horror Western 'Bone Tomahawk'
While they dominated the early cinematic landscape, Hollywood simply hasn't produced as many westerns in the past few decades as they used to; each time someone decides to tackle one, it's event worth raising an eyebrow over. Screenwriter S. Craig Zahler, who wrote The Big Stone Grid for Michael Mann and the Black List western Brigands of Rattleborge for Park Chan-wook, hasn't seen either movie produced yet, but now Variety reports he'll step into the director's chair for a horror western called Bone Tomahawk that will star Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jennifer Carpenter. More below!
Russell is definitely familiar with the western genre as the star of Tombstone (one of my favorite movies of all time) and a one-time member of the cast of Tarantino's Django Unchained before he bailed because he didn't think the project was "western enough." This one sounds like it should meet his standards, though, as the plot follows a sheriff (Russell), a gunslinger, a confused old man (Jenkins), and a cowboy (Sarsgaard) who go on a mission to rescue captives (including Carpenter) from cannibals.
That's a solid cast, and with the role of the gunslinger yet to be filled, it has the potential to improve even more. The project is described as "brutally violent" and "character-driven," which would be enough to have me interested in this project even without the great cast attached, so I'm really looking forward to this one. Production starts this spring in New Mexico, and we've got our fingers crossed that this could be great.