BRAWL IN CELLBLOCK 99

Much like S. Craig Zahler‘s previous film, Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 will be a divisive movie. Some will love it, some will hate it, but nobody is going to walk away feeling “meh” about it.

The film is anchored by Vince Vaughn‘s career-best performance as Bradley Thomas, an imposing hulk of a guy with a talent for bringing the pain. Bradley isn’t just a brute, though. The man has a moral compass that he has to obey, even if that means putting himself, his pregnant wife and the life they’ve built together at risk. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t unleash an ass-kicking when he has to. There is some brutal violence in this movie that would make even the most die hard fan of Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky nod in approval.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 is definitely not for the squeamish, but the film has lots of character and dramatic complexity layered within the very pulpy premise of a bone-breaker having to do some brutal things for the sake of his family.

I was able to sit down with writer/director S. Craig Zahler and Vince Vaughn to discuss that complexity as well as building the character of Bradley (don’t call him Brad) Thomas. Both men had no trouble going into detail about the world and character-building going on in this totally insane film.

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 Review

S. Craig Zahler‘s Brawl in Cell Block 99 may be one of the most violent movies ever made. It’s easy to imagine scenes from its gore-soaked final act becoming YouTube shock fodder in the years ahead, moments that people spring on unsuspecting friends to get a reaction. That may sound like catnip for seasoned genre film fans, audiences who are numb to cinematic violence and feel like they’ve seen everything, but even those with the most hardened nerves may find themselves lightheaded. It’s that gross. It’s that unsparing. It’s that effective.

But it also comes at the end of a bad movie. Albeit, a bad movie that curious viewers should definitely check out for themselves because Brawl in Cell Block 99 is too weird to ignore, too audacious to write off, and too damn interesting to stop thinking about. But yes, it is bad.

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dragged across concrete cast

Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn are reteaming for S. Craig Zahler‘s (Bone Tomahawk) new thriller, Dragged Across Concrete. Gibson directed Vaughn in Hacksaw Ridge, which has been nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at this year’s Academy Awards. Since Gibson’s acclaimed World War II drama received some awards love, we also heard that he might star in the Daddy’s Home sequel, so we may start to see more and more of the controversial actor in front of the camera.

Below, learn more about the Dragged Across Concrete cast.

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New Prometheus 2 Title

Never one to waste time between projects, Ridley Scott has already lined up a new directorial effort to follow Alien: Covenant. Scott is set to reunite with The Martian writer Drew Goddard for Wraiths of the Broken Land, based on a novel by Bone Tomahawk author S. Craig Zahler. Let’s all step back for a moment and appreciate how much good stuff is crammed into that one sentence.  Read More »

puppet master reboot

In retrospect, in was inevitable. Someone, someday, was going to reboot the Puppet Master series. All long-running horror movie franchises follow the same pattern: unlikely early success leads to annualized sequels, annualized sequels lead to diminishing returns, diminishing returns lead to nostalgia-soaked sequels a decade or more after the series seeming died. And then: the Hollywood reboot. In this case, the new Puppet Master movie will be produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures, who are best known these days for the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies, and written by S. Craig Zahler, the legit madman who wrote and directed last year’s Bone Tomahawk.

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Vince Vaughn Brawl in Cell 99

Author, musician, and filmmaker S. Craig Zahler impressed most critics with his directorial debut, Bone Tomahawk. Zahler’s cannibal Western, which stars Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins, may not have done stellar business at the box-office, but the movie has its fans, and perhaps Vince Vaughn is one of them. The actor has just signed up to star in the Bone Tomahawk director’s new movie, Brawl in Cell 99, which Zahler also wrote.

Learn more about the Vince Vaughn Brawl in Cell 99 movie below.

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django_foxx_dicaprio

No surprise: Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio will continue to do business together, and now DiCaprio is getting back together with his Django Unchained nemesis Jamie Foxx for a new film at the studio. Mean Business On North Ganson Street, an as-yet unpublished crime novel from S. Craig Zahler, will form the basis for a new feature that Zahler will script. Because the novel doesn’t even have a publisher at this point details are thin, but after the break we’ll pass along what we’ve got. Read More »

Briefly: South Korean director Park Chan-wook, perhaps most famous for his ‘revenge’ trilogy of films, the centerpiece of which was Oldboy, has completed his English-language debut and is lining up his next film. The film he just finished is Stoker, starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, and Matthew Goode, and which sounds like a riff on Shadow of a Doubt, as Wasikowska’s character, reeling from the death of her father, meets “her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, and comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.”

The new film is a western called The Brigands of Rattleborge, scripted by S. Craig Zahler, and which hit the 2006 Black List of popular un-produced screenplays. Variety calls the project “ultra-violent” and notes that it centers on “a group of bandits who use the cover of a torrential thunderstorm to rob the occupants of a small town.” That violence is part of the reason that it hasn’t been made yet, but with Park Chan-wook on board there is a good chance that the violence will be handled well, and that he’ll be able to pull in a top-notch cast to get audiences interested in it.

Add one more project to Michael Mann‘s bit stack of potential movies that could act as follow-up to Public Enemies. The director’s new HBO show Luck is on the air now (and seemingly struggling a bit to solidify a core audience) but Mann has been attached to a few different projects in the past year.

This new one is a Sony development called The Big Stone Grid, based on a spec script the studio bought last year from S. Craig Zahler. The story is a “hard-edged thriller” about a New York City extortion ring.

Update: Only a few hours after the announcement of The Big Stone Grid, we’ve got word on another possible Mann film, as well as an update on an older development project. Both are below.

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