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Yorgos Lanthimos is working on a Horror Western called The Hawkline Monster

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Well, this sounds like it could be most excellent. Yorgos Lanthimos, the filmmaker behind The Favourite, The Lobster, Dogtooth and other oddness is working on a horror western.

It is a film adaptation of The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western by Richard Brautigan.

This is the book synopsis:

Magic Child, a fifteen-year-old girl, wanders into the wrong whorehouse. She is looking for the right men to kill the monster. The monster that lives in the ice caves under the basement of Miss Hawkline’s yellow house.

The 1974 novel has had a long slow journey to the big screen with both Hal Ashby and Tim Burton attached at different points to direct it.

Regency picked it up in June when it made a deal with the estates of both the author, Richard Brautigan, and filmmaker Hal Ashby (Being There).

Ashby had Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman, and later Jeff and Beau Bridges, to star in the film, but arguments with the author over the script. After Ashby died in 1988, Tim Burton took over and planned to have Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson star in it. Sadly that also never happened.

However, I am more than happy to see Yorgos Lanthimos behind the camera and wonder who he will get to star in it. Will he go with people he has worked with in the past or go with someone new?

According to THR, Roy Lee, one of the producers behind It; Andrew Trapani (Winchester); and Steven Schneider, who last worked on Glass and Pet Sematary, are producing the film. Lanthimos will also produce with Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures.

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