In spite of it not doing particularly well at the box office, Wild Bill is still one of our favourite films of this year, and the news that broke a couple of months ago, that Dexter Fletcher was following up with a full on western had us jumping up and down with joy.
We caught up with Fletcher recently at a special screening of Killing Them Softly (where we also interviewed Brad Pitt), and managed to get a few more details out of him about the project:
In case you can’t watch the video, here’s what Fletcher said about how the project is developing, and who he’d like to cast in it:
“It’s a western, I had a script meeting about it today, it’s developing well. There’s certain people I’d like to get involved, like Peter Ferdinando, and Neil Maskell, and Sammy and Mark as well of course. I want to take all these Londoners to the Wild West and get them up to no good. That’s the plan. It’s taking good shape.”
And here’s a possible hint at what the story might be about:
“ 1832 I’m looking at. I want to get quite specific about that. This is something that still needs to be nailed down, because there are certain things going on in history over there that were really interesting. There was a whole bunch of people out there that were curious. So we’re just pulling together all the different elements, but Mark’s quite a dude in it. He gets quite a tough time, he gets knocked about. Sammy travels with him for a while. It’s an interesting story, it’s developing well.”
It’s exciting that Peter Ferdinando is going to be involved with the project. He’s not really had a major film role since his incredible turn in Tony: London Serial Killer, and hopefully this might get him some attention from Hollywood.
As for Fletcher’s hint about story, we’ve done some digging (looked on Wikipedia) for information about the Old West in 1832, and narrowed it down to three possibilities: It’s either about Cockneys bringing cholera to America, a big showdown with Native American tribes, or it’s a prequel to Cowboys vs Aliens. Or we’re completely wrong (which is probably the case). Of course, if you happen to be a historian of the American West, and have a better idea, feel free to make suggestions in the comment section.