Writer-Producer Nicholas Sercombe has signed Richard E Grant to direct his off-the-wall spoof western, In With The Outlaws.
The US$10 million dollar production will be shot entirely on location in West Sussex, in the South of England, with an anticipated Q2 start of principal photography.
Grant has gathered his posse of actors, all of them household names, but he is being candid about their identity. "Although In With The Outlaws is a comedy, this is a bona fide Western and the action must be played by talented actors with gravitas," says Grant. "We have lined up two of the finest performers to play the hero, Jack Macbeth and the gun slinging, rootin' tootin' ladette, Pandora Dallas. Both are major big screen stars. We have a magnificent principal support, a roll-call of contemporary talent suitable for a Hollywood movie. We also have an iconic rock star to play the villain, Achilles Adams."
Grant is in discussion with twice Oscar-nominee Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter, Nanny McPhee and Calendar Girls to do the score and with Mumford & Sons (Little Lion Man) to collaborate on the music.
Sercombe will finance the film partially through private equity sources from the UK, USA and Canada and is currently in negotiation to find a UK distribution partner as well as an international sales agent.
Grant said, "Nick has written and developed one of the craziest high concept scripts that I have ever read - in fact, anybody has read - and I have had a huge amount of fun corralling many of my actor colleagues into being willing to join a quite extraordinary ensemble cast".
Sercombe, in making the announcement, commented, "I think that it is fair to say that any resemblance between our film and the much nominated True Grit is truly hard to imagine, but In With The Outlaws is a comedy film with real substance and action. I'd like to think that we will be contending for the BIFFAS, Comedy Awards and BAFTA this time next year".