Bobcat Goldthwait to Direct an Ass-Kicking Western 'Rio Malo'

April 21, 2010

Bobcat Goldthwait

Who would've thought that a goofy voiced comedian who appeared in a couple of Police Academy movies would move on to direct a darkly hilarious, and wholly underrated flick like World's Greatest Dad? Bobcat Goldthwait did just that with a film that was quite buzzed at last year's Sundance (you can also check it out on Netflix Instant). But now Production Weekly says he's looking to direct an ass-kicking western he's been developing called Rio Malo (which is Spanish for Bad River, so it'll be serious). Plot details are sparse but SlashFilm found out it deals with "crooked cops, unavenged murders, injustice, discrimination and drag."

This isn't a dark comedy like World's Greatest Dad or his directorial debut Shakes the Clown, but is being shopped around as an action adventure. Obviously if the story has enough drag to warrant mentioning in the pseudo logline of the film, then there's got to be a little comedy in there. I've never been a huge fan of westerns, but recent takes on the genre like No Country for Old Men (though it's not a typical western, it has all the right elements) and upcoming flicks like Jonah Hex and Cowboys & Aliens have helped spice up the genre recently. But Goldthwait's involvement in a western is enough to get me interested this time. It could also take precedence over the Kinks-based musical he's been developing, but we'll find out for sure soon.

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Anderton this is awesome news! Worlds Greatest Dad a great dark comedy that really showed Goldthwait has some great talent behind the camera, and a Western film just sounds bad ass.

Xerxex on Apr 21, 2010


When 'Shakes' first came out, I thought it was the most twisted movie ever but having recently watched it again on NetFlix Instant, I've come to regard it as more of an experiment and learning experience that would later help set the tone for Goldthwait's more cohesive and mature outting "World's Greatest Dad". I absolutely loved this movie and look forward to anything Bobcat does in the future, and I typically hate Westerns for the most part.

twittwit on Apr 21, 2010

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