Wait, Walter Hill is making a western with Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe
It had been a while since Walter Hill’s name turned people on. Of course you will see his name under the word “producer” on Extraterrestrial films, but as a director? Well, it’s been a minute. The days of The Warriors, The driver, and 48 hours. Going through his filmography of the last two decades, a bright spot stands out among the little-seen action films Task and Bullet in the head: the Dead wood pilot. Hill knows westerns and has done quite a bit of them, which makes his next project so exciting.
By deadline, Hill is bringing together a group consisting of Willem Dafoe and Christoph Waltz to Death for a dollar, a new western written and directed by Hill. This would be his third film in the past 20 years, following the aforementioned luscious fare of 2012 and 2016. And given the talent on board, we’re wearing the “Walter Hill Shows of Interest” to a respectable seven out of 10.
Deadline also dishes on the plot:
The story will follow Max Borlund (Waltz), a famous bounty hunter, hired to find and dismiss Rachel Price, the politically progressive wife of Nathan Price, a successful businessman from Santa Fe. Max learns that she was kidnapped by an African-American army deserter, Elijah Jones, and held for ransom in Mexico. When Max goes south of the border, he soon meets his nemesis, expatriate American Joe Cribbens (Dafoe), a professional and sometimes outlaw gamer whom Max had tracked down and sent to jail years before.
When Borlund finds Rachel and Elijah hidden deep in the Mexican desert, he discovers that Rachel purposely ran away from an abusive husband and that the fleeing soldier is, in fact, her romantic partner. Max is now faced with a dilemma: does he send the woman across the border back to the man who hired her, or does he help Rachel’s attempt to get free and fight back? ruthless mercenaries and his longtime criminal rival.
Waltz is a bounty hunter? Dafoe a professional and “sometimes outlaw” player? Yes. Yes we would love a bit of that, thank you – definitely a seven on the hill watch. Of course there is still plenty of time for this Mission to get a Bullet in the head, but if Hill had made a movie called “Cautiously Optimistic,” we would have put that title in that sentence around here.