Another black comedy from dark, sharp and twisted Martin McDonagh (who brought us In Bruges back in 2008) is coming up later this year. With a similar feel, same violence and hopefully a similarly entertaining dialogue, Seven Psychopaths will tell the story of a screenwriter who is struggling to finish his screenplay titled Seven Psychopaths, when his crazy friends get him involved into a dog-napping scam which puts them all in a never ending chase with yet another maniac gangster. Although the premise doesn’t sound like anything particularly new, Martin McDonagh has established himself in our hearts, and from now on anything he does, we’ll be looking forward to.
The group of actors attached to this project is another reason why we should start queuing outside the cinema months in advance. With the hilarious Colin Farrell coming back to take this film’s lead role as well, Martin McDonagh seems to be going down the same route that won us over last time. Next to Farrell (Marty), the struggling screenwriter, Sam Rockwell will play Billy, an unemployed actor who works part time as a dog thief, Christopher Walken will play Hans, a religious man with a highly violent past and Woody Harrelson will take on the role of Charlie, the lunatic gangster who has just had his dog stolen by Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.
Abbie Cornish, Gabourey Sidibe, Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko are supporting the psychopaths by being a bit psychotic themselves. Cornish is Kaya, Marty’s patient girfriend, Sidibe is Sharice, a very unlucky dog-walker who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, Kurylenko is the crazy gangster’s girlfriend and Tom Waits is of course Zachariah, the weird storyteller. Marty, Farrell’s character is to a great extent based on the film’s writer/director/co-producer’s persona. He is the perfect mix of Martin’s imagination, personality and writing struggles, combined with a bit of crazy violence and a drinking problem for the movie to have its desired conflict.
The film’s script was written a few years before In Bruges‘ release and huge, well-deserved success, but McDonagh felt he needed to wait and gain the appropriate experience as a director before he could go about making Seven Psychopaths. Now he says he feels he can take on a more elaborate Hollywood project and instead of small Bruges, make Los Angeles his new protagonist. A big part of the movie takes place and was also filmed in hip Silverlake, however an even bigger part is set in Joshua Tree, as the psychopaths escape to the desert in order to get away from crazy Woody Harrelson.
As the combination Martin McDonagh - Colin Farrell – Sam Rockwell – Woody Harrelson – Christopher Walken – Tom Waits cannot go wrong, Seven Psychopaths is expected to be an even more extreme and absurd In Bruges and this is exactly why we can’t wait to see it. Release date has already been set for November 11, 2012, which means that any time after August we can start queuing.