The brutally violent, character-driven “Bone Tomahawk” 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.
Russell’s aboard to play a private investigator who finds himself recruited by a dark, mysterious woman who draws him into a surreal underworld.
John Carpenter has made a lot of my favorite movies, but The Thing stands at the apex of an already impressive resume. For me, it’s even better than Halloween. A dire, dour suspenseful piece, full of great characters in the throes of paranoia.
But it was almost MUCH different. Due to a scheduling snafu, Carpenter found himself with 6 weeks of time between the film’s stage and location work. As a result, with much of the film already in the can, he was able to assemble a rough cut – and he didn’t like what he saw. He felt the film lacked tension, there was too much time between monsters and MacReady didn’t emerge as the main character until way too late in the cut.
So he started chopping, entire scenes were cut, tons of footage hit the floor. Then he started writing a script around his new rough cut, new kills were added along with new character arcs the stakes were upped. It’s an incredible argument in favor of giving filmmakers time to consider their work, which is ever so rare these days.
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
A few weeks back we reported that Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures had joined forces with Studio Canal to build a new franchise with a out of Escape From New York. Apparently The goal is to turn it into a trilogy, starting with an origin story in a fashion similar to the way Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes restarted that franchise.
Which of course doesn’t sound like the greatest idea. Back when a different version of this remake was in development at New Line with producer Neil Moritz and The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner attached, names like Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy were bandied about to play Plissken. Now, according to the highly dubious Daily News, Hardy is still in the running. Along with Jason Statham.
A source touted as being “close to the producers” says that Statham has the physical build and “proven track record of a leading man.” I’m not sure where that comment comes from since neither of Statham’s last two starring vehicles (Safe, Parker) made much money. And not to get too fan-wanky – but he’s just not right for the part. Sure, Snake Plissken was Kurt Russell dialing his charm down a bit, but there was still something fun about the character internally. Anyway there’s a good chance there’s not one iota of truth to this.
I mean, I guess I’d prefer Tom Hardy since he’s “better” for the part. But we’re talking about a movie that probably shouldn’t exist either way, really.
“Breaking Bad”‘s Giancarlo Esposito has come to the table for Poker Night, reports Deadline. The Emmy nominee will play Detective A.J. Bernard in the indie thriller. Ron Perlman, Titus Welliver, Ron Eldard and Beau Mirchoff co-star in the Greg Francis-directed film, which is in production in Victoria, Canada. “The film tells the tale of a young cop who is being tracked by a serial killer. Only the stories and tall tales he hears at the card game he regularly plays with veterans like Bernard contain the clues to his survival.”
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.
A few months back I wrote a piece that highlighted 5 horror films and the horrible endings that the filmmakers chose for them. But now it’s October and I’m in the mood for love, especially when it comes to my favorite genre, so it’s time to turn the tables and talk about the films that really hit it out of the park with their endings.
When it comes to endings, sometimes you’ve got to take the advice of Jesus (as played by Jerry Cantrell in Jerry Maguire) and hang your balls out there to be great. So while all of these endings are awesome, most of them aren’t exactly happy. It’s not that I’m against happy endings, but often they clash so harshly with the film’s overall tone and theme that you just know they’re tacked on compromises.
Head inside to check it out. And let me know YOUR favorite horror endings in the comments! READ MORE
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.