Been watching with interest as the Western genre has a mini resurgence. Right now True Grit is getting rave reviews for the Coen Brothers. In fact, some are saying it’s their best work.I’ll be heading out to see it soon myself.
Then of course there’s the eagerly anticipated Cowboys vs Aliens starring Olivia Wilde, Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, which is due to hit cinemas in July this year.
Naturally, this makes me very happy because I’m penning my own Western mash up entitled Peacemaker. The genre hasn’t had a chance of a proper revival since the frontier days when men were men, and women weren’t nothin’ but a saloon girl or a spoiled rancher’s daughter.
I’m really excited about the idea that as creators we now get a chance to re-imagine a new kind of Wild West, and one probably, in some ways, closer to the reality of what was.
There is so much to love about the Western, not the least of which is the land as a character in its own right. Then there’s the irresistible blend of heroes and romance which is peppered with questions about societal values and personal morality, And finally, of course, there’re the horses. What’s not to love?