Park Chan-Wook Circling Dangerously Violent Western Script ‘The Brigands of Rattleborge’

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Just as Hollywood was preparing to bid a tear-filled farewell to South Korean director Park Chan-wook after he finishes work on his English-language debut, Stoker, word comes out of Variety that he might be sticking around in the scene for a little while longer to direct a long-shelved Western script called The Brigands of Rattleborge.

A product of screenwriter Craig Zahler, The Brigands of Rattleborge was a script that appeared on the Black List of best unproduced screenplays all the way back in 2006, and apparently it has remained unproduced up to this point because there’s just so much violence inherent to the story that making it would be seen as too big of a risk for anyone with balls less brassy than the guy who made Oldboy.

What exactly is a brigand of rattleborge? You see, The Brigands of Rattleborge was titled in a kind of obsolete vernacular. Brigand is an old-timey word for someone who robs people in the woods or the mountains, and Rattleborge, well, your guess is as good as anybody’s on that one. There is a synopsis for the script though, and it says that the story is about a doctor and a sheriff who are looking for revenge against a group of bandits who terrorized a small town during a terrible thunderstorm.

The South Korean filmmaker’s possible helming of this project is still in the negotiating phases at this point, and due to the graphic nature of Rattleborge’s content, whether or not everything gets put together and starts to move forward will reportedly hinge on whether or not they can find a big enough name to attach in a starring role, thus taking a little bit of the risk out of making something with a restrictive rating. So, lovers of graphic content all over the world, let us unite in our efforts to get this grizzly, brutal-sounding Western off the ground. Where’s the easiest place to go to start an online petition?

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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