Writer/director S. Craig Zahler's Bone Tomahawk was my favorite movie of last year, and I've been eagerly awaiting word about his next movie ever since I walked out of that screening. Now it appears we know what his next film project will be, and it'll see him team up with an unlikely actor: Vince Vaughn.
THR reports that Vaughn will star in Brawl in Cell Block 99, which is being described as a "brutal action thriller" that Zahler wrote and will direct. Here's the breakdown of the story:
Zahler's script centers on a former boxer (Vaughn) whose life is crumbling: He loses his job as an auto mechanic and his troubled marriage is about to expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This vocation improves his situation until the day he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, the man finds himself in prison in a no-win situation as his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.
That definitely sounds like the kind of punishing, badass cinematic experience I expect from Zahler after seeing Bone Tomahawk. Vaughn, who I thought was a terrible fit for the second season of True Detective, has been trying to establish himself as a dramatic actor as well as a fast-talking funnyman, and I can imagine this being dark enough for people to forget all about The Internship and The Dilemma. I'm pulling for him, and I'm stoked to see what Zahler does with this premise. If you missed it, you can read my interview with Zahler right here.