It looks like the Western genre as feature film are about to have a small resurgence in the next year or two that should wrap up a 5 year resurgence.
Recently we had
the $38 million budget 10-time Academy Award winner True Grit
(2011) with Paul Dano & Bruce Greenwood
the sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens
the CGI action comedy western cartoon Rango
(2012) with Christian Slater, Donald Sutherland [direct to video]
modern day "contemporary Western" El Gringo
(2012)with Scott Adkins, Christian Slater
the big budget $100 million Spaghetti-style Western Django Unchained
(2012) nominated for Academy Awards.
next month's Wyatt Earp's Revenge
(with Val Kilmer [direct to video]
this year's Gold
(german language shot in British Columbia, Canada with a strong female protagonist. [2013 film festival in Germany but probable video release]
this Summer's big budget $250 million action/adventure The Lone Ranger
this Autumn's fantasy Western Dead in Tombstone
with Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo [direct to video]
all of the above westerns without budget listed are for under $7 million budget. Westerns are a real risk and that is why so many are low budget.
With AMC's Hell on Wheels
, FX's "Justified" (modern day Western), and A&E's Longmire
(modern day Western)
along with spaghetti western genre Django Unchained
being nominated for 3 Academy Awards the overall Western genre and the various spinoffs are sure to see an extended
resurgence. In current deals
and pre-production are comedy Westerns:
Ridiculous 6, the Western-themed laffer that Happy Madison [Adam Sandler] had moved from Sony to Paramount last year. That film will be moved back until next year at least. It averts a race of comic Westerns, as MRC has a pretty firm spring start date on the Seth MacFarlane comic Western, A Million Ways To Die In The West, Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron also starring, with Universal the favorite to acquire the project.
It is cyclical. 10 years ago we had a small August release of the Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall film Open Range
the $26 million budget feature that made $60 million in the USA. and again in 2007 with 3 notable major budget films
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
There Will Be Blood
and the modern day western No Country for Old Men
(2007) which after winning awards I think set up the modern day western genre for resurgence on TV.
and the next year another traditional western Appaloosa
(2008) with Jeremy Irons, Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen
I am waiting until Longmire
shows up next month on Netflix to try it out. I wasn't wild about Hell on Wheels
and honestly haven't seen the recent films except the poorly written Cowboys & Aliens
and all 3 2007 films.
the other thread for TV Westerns:
a new Western as a TV episodic series? discuss