OLDBOY Director Chan-wook Park in Talks to Helm Western THE BRIGANDS OF RATTLEBORGE
Having recently completed his English-language directorial debut with the horror thriller Stoker (due out in March), Chan-wook Park is now looking to take the helm on a highly coveted script. Variety reports that Park is in talks to direct the Western The Brigands of Rattleborge. The script by S. Craig Zahler landed at the top of the 2006 Black List, but it’s been slow to come to fruition because of the story’s violent nature. Now the project has Park in negotiations with Red Granite Pictures onboard to fully finance and co-produce the film with Mythology Entertainment.
The pic centers on a sheriff and a doctor who are out for revenge against a group of bandits who, under the cover of a torrential thunderstorm, robbed and terrorized the occupants of a small town. Park’s South Korean revenge tale Oldboy is a new classic, and everyone’s itching to get a look at the Nicole Kidman-fronted Stoker. The intense violence of Rattleborge will likely necessitate the casting of a major star, but that shouldn’t be a problem given Park’s clout. Hopefully things come together quickly so we can see Park’s take on the Western genre sooner rather than later.