Melissa Marlette & Jen Vestuto

Why a Western?


If I had a nickel for everyone that asked me “why are you guys making a western?”, we’d have the funding for this movie already. Maybe Western’s aren’t typically a genre that grosses billions of dollars, but there have been a number of movies that have not only grossed double of what their budget was, but have the nominations and hardware to prove they were worth making. We watched a lot of Deadwood and a bunch of great Western films for inspiration while writing and developing this script.

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The truth is we didn’t write a western to be difficult. We wrote a story with interesting characters set in a dangerous, lawless time in our country, which just happens to be in the 1850s.  I’d like to think that there are still some actors in this business that want to play honest, visceral characters that are a part of a quality and engaging story. So why a western? Why the hell not?!

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