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10 Upcoming Western Movies We Are Excited About

Updated January 4, 2019
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Westerns have been a staple of the American audiences since the early 20th century till even today. With the story set primarily in the late 19th century, the movies focused on the arid, desolate landscape of deserts and mountains and the frequent bouts of clashes between the Sheriff and the outlaws, ranchers protecting their family ranch from rustlers, the American Cavalry fighting the Native American and the countless other stories. From Clint Eastwood’s “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” to the modern-day “Django Unchained,” the western genre has come a long way and still seems to be going strong. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what are the new westerns coming out this year? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming westerns scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest westerns would be as good as some of the older and the recent ones.

10. The Kid (Post Production)

The Kid is an upcoming western movie, which has Vincent D’Onofrio attached as the director and Andrew Lanham handling the screenplay. The movie stars Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan, and Adam Baldwin. Jordan Schur, David Mimran, Sam Maydew and Nick Thurlow are producing the movie along with Suretone picture producing the film and Lionsgate Films handling the distribution of the film worldwide. The plot of the movie centres around the story of a young boy who witnesses Billy the Kid’s encounter with Sheriff Pat Garrett. The movie is in its post-production with no release date as of now.

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9. True History of the Kelly Gang (Announced)

Russell Crowe, George MacKay and Nicholas Hoult will be starring in the upcoming movie of Memento Films International titled “True History of the Kelly Gang.” Justin Kurzel will be directing the film with Shaun Grant handling the script. The plot of the movie will centre on the rise and fall of an Australian rebel who swears to wreak vengeance and havoc on the British Empire. In an interview with Variety, this is what the film’s director Justin Kurzel had to say “There has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears to bring ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ to screen, and I feel privileged to be able to film this audacious and original screenplay, I have been blessed to have an inspiring cast and to work with such exciting and fresh collaborators. I look forward to making the film with the same free spirit Peter Carey has in the writing of this extraordinary book.”

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8. National Treasure (Announced)

It has almost been twelve years since the last National Treasure movie released. Disney’s CEO Bob Iger was asked a question about whether or not we might ever see another film in the series to which he said that Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were eager to green-light the sequel but nothing has been set in stone as of now. “We have done two, and yes they were really fine movies. I know Jerry Bruckheimer who produced,” said Iger. Aaron Benay, Matthew Benay, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro are still attached as the writers of the film with no release date or commencement of principle photography.

This is what Nicholas Cage had to say in an interview: “I haven’t really heard anything about that. I do know that those scripts are very difficult to write because there has to be some credibility in terms of the facts and fact-checking because it was relying on historical events. And then you have to make it entertaining. I know that it’s been a challenge to get the script where it needs to be. That’s as much as I’ve heard. But they’re still working on it.”

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7. Wild Bunch (Announced)

According to Variety, Mel Gibson is directing the upcoming remake of Sam Peckinpah’ western “The Wild Bunch.” The original featured an ensemble cast of William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez and Ben Johnson. Gibson is co-writing the screenplay with Bryan Bagby for Warner Bros, who will be distributing the movie worldwide. The plot of the film follows the story of the waning days of the wild west, where an aging group of outlaws look for one of their last big score.

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6. Far Bright Star (Announced)

According to Variety, Joaquin Phoenix is all set to star in the upcoming western, directed by the talented Casey Affleck. Although the project was announced back in May 2014, not much is known about the commencement of the principal photography at this point. Phoenix is quite busy with his upcoming standalone joker movie but it is speculated he is still very much involved with the project with Affleck and John Powers Middleton serving as the producers. The plot of the movie takes place in 1916 and follows the story of a cavalryman, leading a group of ragtag group of young men to hunt the Mexican revolutionary “Pancho Villa.” While most of the group die in an attack, Phoenix’s character is left struggling to survive in the desert.

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5. Blood Meridian (Announced)

“Blood Meridian” remake has gone through a lot of production troubles. James Franco has been relentlessly working on adapting the classic. The film was previously supposed to be directed by the likes of Tommy Lee Jones, Martin Scorcese and Ridley Scott. Franco recently negotiated with Scott Rudin to produce the project with Franco shooting 20 minutes of test footage, but the film was dissolved due to issues concerning the film rights. However, Franco still is confident about the film to start with its production soon. Russell Crowe, Tye Sheridan and Vincent D’Onofrio are starring in the movie.

The official synopsis of the movie according to IMDB is as follows: “Blood Meridian is the story of the Kid and his escapades with the notorious Glanton gang, a rogue group of lawless men hunting for Indian scalps along the Texas/Mexico border in the late 1840s (some of its happenings are based on historical facts, but most is fiction). It also centres around a malicious erudite, known as The Judge (and occasionally Holden) and various other members of the Glanton gang. The story is riddled with copious amounts of blood and violence and thusly paints a grim, yet realistic portrait of early American expansion and depravity.”

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4. Wraiths of The Broken Land (Announced)

“Wraiths of The Broken Land” is an upcoming western, which will be directed by Ridley Scott and is an adaptation of S. Craig Zahler’s Western novel “Wraiths of the Broken Land.” Scott Free’s Michael Schaefer, Genre Films’ Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Drew Goddard will be producing the film with Fox distributing the movie worldwide. Drew Goddard will be writing the screenplay, which will centre on the story of a father’s attempt to rescue his two daughters, forced into prostitution at a gentlemen’s club. The father teams up with his two sons, former slave, an Indian and a brutal gunman (or “wraith”) who is the tactical leader of the group.

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3. The Barbary Coast (Announced)

According to Deadline, Mel Gibson is directing the upcoming TV series, which is an adaptation of the Herbert Asbury’s book The Barbary Coast, about the birth of San Francisco. Mel Gibson is directing and co-writing the series, along with Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson star in the upcoming western and executive producing it as well. Entertainment One will be distributing the series worldwide. The series follows the story of Gold Rush in the 1849; leading to the biggest influx of gold-seekers, gamblers, thieves, harlots, politicians and other felonious parasites to the infant city.

This is what producer Mark Gordon had to say in an interview regarding the TV series: “Most people don’t know the scandalous history behind San Francisco, and The Barbary Coast offers a rich portrayal of a period when success was often attained through illicit and brutal means. I’m excited that Kurt and Kate are working together alongside Mel, whose astute direction will bring this devious time in our history to life.”

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2. Shadow Country (Announced)

Shadow country is an upcoming TV movie, which was supposed to air on HBO. David Milch the creator of Deadwood will be handling the show, which is an adaptation of Peter Matthiessen’s historical fiction novel of the same name that follows the story of a sugar cane planter in Chokoloskee, Florida; who is also an outlaw, allegedly killed by his neighbours in 1910 after a standoff. Although the TV Movie seems to have been cancelled by HBO, with a new regime taking over. It now remains to be seen whether the film will be green-lit or shelved.

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1. Colour of Lightning (Announced)

Ridley Scott is set to direct his upcoming project in development titled “The Colour of Lightning.” Scott has tapped “Brokeback Mountain” scribe Larry McMurtry to pen the screenplay along with Diana Ossana. The film centres around the story of a freed black slave, Britt Johnson, who journeys to seek vengeance from the Comanche Indians’ raid that left his son dead and his wife kidnapped. This is what Scott had to say in an interview: “I develop everything. I do. I learned that a long time ago. It’s never going to land on your desk, you have to come up with what you want to do with the story and I think sometimes it can take two or three years. I want to do a western really badly and I think I’ve got a western this morning, finally after two and a half years of talking and writing and talking and… I think I have it, which is kind of interesting.”

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