The Road Screenwriter to write Butcher’s crossing

Sam Mendes is planning to direct the script by Joe Penhall.


Joe Penhall has been hired to adapt the John Williams’ 1960 Western novel Butcher’s Crossing, which Sam Mendes might direct. It is one of those rare revisionist western and harsh relentless yet muted in tone. Butcher’s Crossing paved the way for Cormac McCarthy. Penhall is notable for writing the screenplay adaptations for Cormac McCarthy’s most recent work.

Butcher’s Crossing tells the story of Will Andrews, a disenchanted Harward undergraduate in the 1870s who journey’s west to the titular Kansas town. There, a liberated Andrews joins a new friend and goes on an ambitious hunt for buffalo. The consequences of their actions are unforeseen and dire.

Penhall is working on the Fox adaptation of Deep Water and an adaptation of his own play, Landscape with Weapons, to be directed by John Hillcoat.

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John has a keen sense of what ticks in the world of film. He can also be seen in three distinct short film titled Woken Shell, The Tea Shop in the Moon and The Waiting. Cinema has been the basic diet he has been on for the last 10 years. His personality can be judged by the choices of his films.


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