Seemingly content with having his name mispronounced continuously, Ethan Hawke will partner with John Travolta for, of all things, a Ti West film — how far things have come from The House of the Devil — but not a title with one of his well-established horror outlines. With a title like In a Valley of Violence, you’ll hardly be surprised to hear the independent writer-director is, instead, looking to next craft “a revenge Western film set in the 1890s” — though your subsequent curiosity will not be satiated, given a lack of any further details. The involvement of Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse could give the initial impression of something micro-budget, however passing said impression might actually be. [THR]
Jacob Jaffke and Peter Phok will also produce Valley. There’s no word on a production start.
Regarding a title that’s also likely to be a bit hard-edged, Deadline tell us Woody Harrelson has been added to John Hillcoat‘s ensemble, Triple Nine, possibly serving as a replacement for the once-involved Christoph Waltz. Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Michael Peña, Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), and Gal Gadot (Batman vs. Superman‘s Wonder Woman) star in the Matt Cook-scripted thriller, which centers on a rookie cop (Jordan) set up by his fellow officers for a 999, or “Officer Down,” planned with the intent of completing a difficult heist orchestrated by Russian mobsters. This, according to Deadline, brings things to “a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.”
Open Road will distribute the film next year, with Anonymous Content and Sierra/Affinity providing support.
Finally, THR have learned that Steve Carell will take a more dramatic turn with The Priority List, taking both starring and producing duties. Based on a memoir by David Menasche, it tells of a Miami high school teacher who, in 2006, was informed that brain cancer would end his life in only a matter of months, but was able to survive with proper treatments. After a seizure ended his career, he “decided to embark on a cross-country journey to reconnect with former students from his 15-year teaching career, come to terms with his illness and learn to live fully in the present.”
Heavier material than, say, Anchorman 2, and, in conjunction with the likes of this year’s Foxcatcher, The Priority List might be one sign of a new direction; whether or not it’s a fruitful decision remains to be seen.
Do any of the casting bits noted herein yield promise? Which project would you most like to see?