Oldboy director Park Chan-wook has been in talks to direct an ultraviolent western thriller penned by writer/director S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99) for about 7 years now. It’s been announced by Collider that – thanks to Amazon Studios – the project is finally going to happen.
Titled The Brigands of Rattlecreek, the film follows “a sheriff and a doctor who seek revenge against a group of bandits who use the cover of a torrential thunderstorm to rob and terrorize the occupants of a small town”. As reported by Collider, the script was popular on the 2006 Black List, but languished in creative purgatory.
It’s said that Amazon Studios are eyeing Matthew McConaughey for the role of the heroic town doctor with another A-lister as the sheriff.
The Brigands of Rattlecreek sounds like the perfect project for McConaughey. After his work in thriller Killer Joe and Season One of True Detective, he’s shown that he can really sink his teeth into a good, meaty role. Also, we would just love to see him chew the hell out of what is sure to be some insanely gore-filled scenery.
This will mark Park Chan-wook’s second English language film after 2013’s Stoker. Fans will be familiar with his proclivity for revenge flicks, most notably the Vengeance trilogy; Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance, and 2003’s now cult classic, Oldboy.
As a director, Park is skilled at crafting beautiful scenes that are enriched with strong tension and brutality. We can’t wait to see what he does with the landscape of a taut western pumped full of vicious violence. Sign us the hell up.
The Brigands of Rattlecreek will be produced by Bradley Fischer (Suspiria, Zodiac, Shutter Island). No official casting news has been announced, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we hear more.