It is always wonderful to see an enterprising filmmaker go from shorts to feature films, especially if their shorts are among the best of what we’ve seen in recent years. Such is the case with Canadian filmmaker Jason Eisener, whose shorts Hobo with a Shotgun and Treevenge have been among the most rousing little films that I’ve seen on the festival circuit in years. They are filled with imagination and creative low-fi execution, all of which has endeared them to genre fans all over the world and the web.
Over the past few weeks, rumors have been emerging about a feature-length version of Hobo with a Shotgun — a faux Grindhouse trailer created as part of a contest held by Robert Rodriguez in 2007 at SXSW. And yesterday, Quint at Ain’t It Cool News finally got to the bottom of things. Eisener himself confirmed that the feature-length Hobo with a Shotgun is shooting in Nova Scotia today. David Brunt, who plays the hobo in the short below, will return, but not as the hobo. He will play a cop in the film. The hobo will be played by Rutger Hauer. Yes, that Rutger Hauer.
For those of you who still have no idea what is going on, please see the decidedly NSFW Hobo with a Shotgun trailer below. They are making a full movie out of this. Cool, right?