Great news for fans of the already-classic In Bruges: writer/director Martin McDonagh is reuniting with Colin Farrell for Seven Psychopaths, which is also set to star Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke.
Not a tale of masterless nutcases protecting a village from a warlord, this is instead about a screenwriter (Farrell), struggling with a script, and, for inspiration, hanging out with his friends Walken and Rockwell, who operate a dog-kidnapping scam. Dark hilarity ensues, especially when the trio snatch a hound belonging to none-too-happy gangster Rourke.
We'll say it again: this is coming from the mind that brought us In Bruges, so expectations will be stratospherically high and fingers painfully crossed that Seven Psychopaths can deliver the same level of violent deadpan comedy as previously witnessed. The odds seem good, with behind-the-scenes Bruges alumni Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Tessa Ross all returning for the new adventure.
If there are seven major cast slots to fill, then there are still three yet to go. Would it be too much to hope that Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes could be two of them? Can the team catch that Bruges lightning in the bottle again? Here's hoping it turns out to be beautiful, like a facking fairytale. Production company HanWay are currently shopping the project around Cannes.