Park Chan-Wook doing western The Brigands Of Rattleborge


Park Chan-Wook isn’t headed back to Korea after his English-language debut Stoker. The director of Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and Lady Vengeance is staying stateside for his next film, a western called The Brigands of Rattleborge. Looks like Choi Mink-Sik’s wish to work with Park again will be delayed a while.

According to The Playlist, The Brigands of Rattleborge was on the 2006 Black List but hasn’t been touched yet since it’s brimming with some good old-fashioned graphic violence. Here’s the brief synopsis:

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 potential cast: you will get wet.)

There’s something a little too quaint about the title, and it all has to do with the word “brigands.” The word sounds about as rough-and-tumble as “hooligan,” “scalawag,” and “miscreant.” The Bandits of Rattleborge just has a certain flavor (mesquite?) which would probably fit better, but that’s just me being a nitpicky malefactor.

In the meantime, get ready for Park’s Stoker in March 2013, starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode. Last news we’ve heard is that Clint Mansell is scoring the film; Philip Glass was originally set to do it.

[Via The Playlist]

Hubert Vigilla
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