S. Craig Zahler’s new crime thriller, Dragged Across Concrete, is currently making the rounds in theaters. For anyone keen on his work these days and just recently learning of his latest collab efforts with Park Chan-wook’s now-titled The Brigands Of Rattlecreek, it’s a clear-cut sign that this ought to be just the kind of crowdpleaser at festivals and for niche moviegoers.
Collider broke the news this week of the film’s development since making The Black List in 2006 under a different title. Recently acquired by Amazon Studios with Bradley Fischer slated to produce and with Park on board since 2012, The Brigands of Rattlecreek, Park will direct from a script by Zahler which sets in an ultra-violent western tale about a sheriff and a doctor on a mission of vengeance against a gang of bandits who decide to use the cover of a torrential thunderstorm to rob and terrorize the occupants of a small town.
Park recently shepherded The Handmaiden and Little Drummer Girl, and Zahler has been on the rise ever since penning Alexandre Courtes Golden Raven-nominated Brussels fave, The Incident in 2011. Their partnership makes for a remarkable move for those who’ve followed the careers of both directors who’ve provenly stunned audiences with their respective film credits.
Those include Park’s highly-acclaimed vengeance trilogy which saw actors Song Kang-ho (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance), Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) and Lee Young-ae (Sympathy For Lady Vengeance) pilot their own foreboding, grim, often brutal and mesmerzing thrillers. Zahler led the way debuting his 2015 horror western, Bone Tomahawk, and brought Vince Vaughn to the brutal, bloody fighting fray in the 2017 pic, Brawl In Cell Block 99.
The word is actor Matthew McConaughey is being courted to star in a key role but nothing is signed as of yet.