Kurt Russell and More Line Up for Horror Western 'Bone Tomahawk'

October 31, 2012
Source: Variety

Kurt Russell

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.

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  • Any thing with Kurt Russel is a win in my book. When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."
    • son_et_lumiere
      superb - this could be Big Trouble with Western Cannibals!
  • O.Q
    It's The Thing / Tombstone mashup!
  • beevis
    i like the cast and the story sounds interesting. i remember watching "ravenous" in the late 90's and it was intense. i hope this is just as good.
    • grimjob
      Dude, Ravenous is crazy! That soundtrack!
      • son_et_lumiere
        agreed @beevis:disqus @grimjob:disqus both, Ravenous is a fantastic film, a real curio, with an interesting premise and great performances from Pearce and Carlyle. hoping this brings something as good.
        • beevis
          i've got my fingers crossed!
      • beevis
        hells, yea!
  • into the blue
    Go ahead. Go ahead, skin it. Skin that smoke wagon and see what happens. Listen, mister, I-I'm gettin' awful tired of your-- I'm gettin' awful tired of your gas. Now jerk that pistol and go to work. ......... I said throw down, boy. You gonna do somethin' or just stand there and bleed?
  • grimjob
    YES!! MORE KURT RUSSELL!! Please, and thank you.
  • YES! (and someone should mention he did more than star in Tombstone, he directed it) Russell is coming back :))




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