Coen Brothers making real western
The Coen Brothers, who are gaining accolades galore over their latest film No Country for Old Men, have revealed that they have written a realistic and rather violent western.
The film would look at the reality of the wild west in the 1870's, and it wouldn't pull any punches. Joel Coen describes some of the more gory and brutal scenes that would be in the film.
Joel Coen says of the film that:
"We've written a western with a lot of violence in it. There's scalping and hanging ... it's good. Indians torturing people with ants, cutting their eyelids off."
Then Ethan Coen reveals that:
"It's a proper western, a real western, set in the 1870s. It's got a scene that no one will ever forget because of one particular chicken."
Those are the comments from WENN through IMDB, who tell us that they are keen to get this film made. I would be too, I think there's plenty of room for real westerns that tell the harsh and brutal life of the time, and with the western coming back in fashion perhaps now is the time, especially if they end up riding a wave of Oscar glory (and that's a good bet).
I love westerns, especially the classics, and I don't hate them for portraying the life in an overly romanticised and politically biased way, however they need the offset of the films that tell the real story, and so far the balance has been in the favour of the classic western.
I'm curious about that chicken scene though.