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'Oldboy' Helmer Park Chan-Wook To Direct Western 'The Brigands Of Rattleborge'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 29, 2012 3:04 PM
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So, the guy who directed "Oldboy" and "Thirst" tackling a western? Um, yes please. Just tell us when it's ready and we're there.

Variety reports that Park Chan-wook is in talks to direct "The Brigands Of Rattleborge," and it sounds promising as hell. Penned by S. Craig Zahler ("The Incident"), the script made the 2006 Black List but has apparently stalled in development due to the kind of graphic violence that requires a big star to sign on to get financing to come together. Well, Red Granite Pictures ("Friends With Kids," "The Wolf Of Wall Street") is helping out in that department and are teaming up with Mythology Entertainment to make it happen. So what is it all about?

The premise is awesomely simple, centering on a group of bandits who use a torrential thunderstorm as cover to rob a small town, and the sheriff and doctor who seek out revenge against them. (Note to poential cast: you will get wet.) 

No word yet on when this will roll, and after all, we're still (im)patiently awaiting Park's English-language debut "Stoker," which doesn't arrive until next spring (boo-urns). But it seems the director's Hollywood experience has been good so far (sorry, Jose Padilha). But just one thing guys....that title? No one is going to see a movie with the words "brigands" or "rattleborge" in it.

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  • john michaels | August 30, 2012 11:44 AMReply

    Brad Pitt to star

  • brou | August 30, 2012 1:43 AMReply

    The script got good reviews... It has some violent and disturbing stuff in it so Park Chan Wook seems to fit... I don't know if they'll keep the specific structure of the screenplay, though.

  • chimera | August 29, 2012 5:47 PMReply

    the comment about the title, "the brigands of rattleborge" in this article is telling and sad.
    must every movie be either called either "(noun)" or "the (noun)" ? remakes and bland titles are symptomatic of modern hollywood--- a money & fear driven industry. the immediate impulse to change a unique title to something generic and common is typical in the industry, and i am sad to see it also reflected instantly in a piece like this.

  • Mark K | August 29, 2012 5:16 PMReply

    Glad to see this script finally get some movement. Zahler is a terrific writer and his work is exciting and fucked up. Hope it makes it to screen.

  • 33ewr | August 29, 2012 3:11 PMReply

    "that requires a big star to sign on to get financing to come together" DiCaprio? He's in close business with Red Granite and Mythology produced Shutter Island.

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