Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook recently finished work on his English-language debut, Stoker, and is already lining up more work away from his native South Korea. On the shortlist for his next gig? A Western entitled The Brigands of Rattleborge.
The film, which tells the tale of a doctor and sheriff out for revenge against a group of men who terrorize a small town’s residents during an enormous thunderstorm, is based on Craig Zahler's script that made the 2006 black list of best unproduced screenplays circulating in Hollywood.
Why has a film that earned the honor way back in 2006 just coming together now? Reports indicate it was because of the level of violence in the screenplay. This makes it a perfect vehicle for Park, who rose to fame based on his classic Vengeance trilogy of films. One of those titles, Oldboy, is currently being remade by Spike Lee with Josh Brolin headlining.
Honestly, this is pretty exciting news – The Brigands of Rattleborge sounds like a perfect gig for Park, given that he’s demonstrated an innate ability to take controversial and violent material and weave it into a thought-provoking film. Seeing the filmmaker bring those talents to a Western (the world needs more Westerns…) is even better.
The filmmaker has not officially signed on to the film as of yet, but here’s to hoping that Red Granite Pictures and Mythology Entertainment can convince him to take on the project. We’ll bring you more on The Brigands of Rattleborge as details emerge.