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West Wants Revenge; “In a Valley of Violence” Lassoes Travolta & Hawke

Set about half a century after Kelly Reichardt’s wagon wilderness Meek’s Cutoff, Ti West is switching gears. A planned move away from the comfort dwellings of the horror genre, we imagine there’ll still be some splatter in his take on the western. His American Old West looks to include John Travolta and will surely star Ethan Hawke who has been a sort of good-luck charm for Jason Blum, who’ll produce and ta-teamed with the actor on Sinister and The Purge. THR also reports that Jacob Jaffke and Peter Phok return to the fold – and will also produce In a Valley of Violence.

Gist: This is a revenge Western film set in the 1890s.

Worth Noting: The oft-collaborator of Joe Swanberg clearly disowned Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever citing creative differences in the film’s final cut.

Do We Care?: At this point we’re uncertain as to what type of roles the above mentioned players will contribute to the piece, but West is more hit than miss with his contributions to V/H/S (review), the stylistically sturdy The House of the Devil, ode to classics The Innkeepers and the Venice preemed The Sacrament.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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