Acclaimed novelist, screenwriter, cinematographer and now director S. Craig Zahler’s major new Western adventure Bone Tomahawk has been snapped up by Constantin for German-speaking Europe, while Magnolia Pictures will release here in the States, Bloody Disgusting is told.
Principal photography is scheduled to commence in Utah on August 2013.
Set to star Kurt Russell (Escape from New York, Death Proof, The Thing), Peter Sarsgaard (Night Moves), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter,” The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Quarantine) and Timothy Olyphant (“Justified,” “Deadwood,” The Crazies), “the film follows an outlaw who unknowingly leads a band of cannibalistic Troglodytes into the peaceful western town of Bright Hope. When the monsters kidnap several settlers, including a rancher’s wife, a small rescue party consisting of the injured rancher, the sheriff, his aging deputy and a strong-willed gunslinger, journey into hell to try and rescue them. They soon find themselves in dark unknown territories where savage inbreeds armed with the ultimate weapon leave no hope of survival.”
2929 Entertainment has come on board to fully finance the project. Caliber Media Co.’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller and Floren/Shieh Productions’ Aimee Shieh and Clay Floren will produce alongside 2929’s Ben Cosgrove and Shay Weiner. Celluloid Dreams has also already pre-sold France (Wildside), Australia (Transmission), Russia (Luxor) and Thailand (IPA Asia). READ MORE
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The same site also reports that The Crazies and “Justified” star Timothy Olyphant, pictured above, is set to star opposite Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins, and Jennifer Carpenter in Bone Tomahawk. The film is described as a brutally violent horror-Western that will serve as the feature directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler. Production is slated for a spring 2013 start in New Mexico. “In Bone Tomahawk, four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization. Olyphant will play John Brooder, an eloquent sharpshooter who moved to the frontier in order to satisfy the dark impulses that lie beneath his polished exterior.“
Whoa! Looks like Bone Tomahawk could be pretty awesome! Per Variety, Screenwriter S. Craig Zahler (the upcoming CPark Chan-wook film The Brigands of Rattleborge) is set to make his feature directorial debut with Caliber Media Co.’s horror Western Bone Tomahawk which will star Kurt Russell (The Thing), Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), Richard Jenkins (The Cabin In The Woods) and Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”).
The film is set to shoot in New Mexico in the spring and the foreign rights are on the market today at AFM. The brutally violent, character-driven film follows a sheriff (Russell), a gunslinger, a befuddled oldster (Jenkins) and a cowboy (Sarsgaard) as they attempt to rescue a group of captives (including Carpenter) from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes.