Craig Zahler’s directorial debut, the grim and gritty “Bone Tomahawk,” stars Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins. Not a bad roster indeed, and the film has been garnering mostly positive reviews on its limited release, as well as being nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards for Zahler’s original screenplay and a supporting actor nod for Jenkins. “Bone Tomahawk” is not your average Western, telling the story of four men who set out to save a group of people from cannibalistic cave dwellers.
Zahler has been a rising star as an author and a screenwriter. He has written several novels in different genres, most notably “A Congregation of Jackals,” of which Russell said, “Zahler’s a fabulous story teller whose style catapults his reader into the turn of the century West with a ferocious sense of authenticity.” And from a man who played Wyatt Earp, that’s a pretty strong endorsement.
While the movie had its fair share of delays in getting made (Zahler originally wrote the screenplay in 2007), principal photography took only 21 days, adding to the feel and tension of the story. Zahler’s direction is taut and the storytelling is strong and edgy, and the movie may be best captured by a line in Variety’s review: “…a most violent delight.”
In addition to writing novels and the screenplay for “Bone Tomahawk,” Zahler wrote the script for “Asylum Blackout,” and has worked as a cinematographer on other films and projects as well. Zahler is a musician as well, releasing three albums with his band Realmbuilder and working on a variety of other music projects.
In this episode of the podcast I talk with Zahler about how he broke into the business and how he got to the point where he’s directing feature films.
You can also read a transcript of this episode.
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Ashley Scott Meyers is a screenwriter and blogger / podcaster. Since beginning his career as a screenwriter in the late 1990’s he’s optioned more than two dozen feature screenplays and sold a half dozen. And he’s done it all without an agent or manager, instead opting to use his pragmatic screenplay marketing guide which he teaches at SellingYourScreenplay.com. – See more at: http://www.scriptmag.com/features/interviews-features/selling-screenplay-writer-director-michael-bafaro-talks-new-film-wrecker-starring-anna-hutchison#sthash.rP8BgRUT.dpuf