John Travolta & Ethan Hawke Team for Ti West's New Western Drama
Director Ti West has delivered some fine horror in the form of The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, not to mention segments in The ABCs of Death and V/H/S. Now THR reports he's taking on the western genre with a new project called In a Valley of Violence. And while the trade reports that this is a western horror film set in the 1890s, West wrote on Twitter shortly after the story broke, "It's not a horror movie." But what he didn't dispute were the two leads announced to be in talks, and they are John Travolta, fresh off his Academy Awards gaffe, and Ethan Hawke, fresh off an Oscar nod for co-writing Before Midnight.
Plot details are unknown, and if the film isn't a horror, we at least know it's still a period western, so maybe West is expanding his horizons a bit. But it does seem odd that it's not a horror film since Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions banner are behind the film, and they've been responsible for Insidious, Paranormal Activity, Sinister and The Purge, the latter two starring Hawke. It's certainly an interesting assemble of talent for a western, and we're looking forward to hearing more about the project. Thoughts?