Saban Films has just acquired the new frontier film starring Nicolas Cage, the actor’s second western!
Saban Films finally gets their hands on Nicolas Cage. The studio has just acquired Cage’s latest film, the frontier epic Butcher’s Crossing, in which the Oscar-winning actor plays a buffalo hunter. What role has Cage never played (apart from Superman)? The deal includes North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia. So almost everywhere.
Gabe Polsky, who directed the documentary Red Penguins, is behind the film. He wrote the screenplay based on an adaptation of John Williams‘ novel. The film is produced by Polsky and Molly Conners of Phiphen Pictures alongside Will Clarke and Andy Mayson for Altitude Film Entertainment and Cage’s Saturn Films. The money behind the film comes from Ingenious Media. We know that’s a lot to take in. We don’t have an official release date yet, but we know that filming will begin this fall.
Saban Capital Group LLC is a US investment firm based in Los Angeles, California, focused on media, entertainment and communications investments. Founded in 2010 by Haim Saban, Saban Capital Group owns Saban Films, part of Univision Communications and Celestial Tiger Entertainment. Again, that’s a lot of information, but at least now we know all we need to know about the background of the production.
As for the movie, here’s what we know about the story so far: Butcher’s Crossing is set in the 1870s, and Cage’s character plays a young Harvard dropout who is searching for his destiny in the Colorado wilderness. What awaits them is a journey through the wilderness as they risk everything. This is the second western film starring the veteran actor, as Nicolas Cage also starred in The Old Way.
Cage has been dripping in films for a while now, and none of them is the same. He recently said he has no desire to retire and can’t see himself in anything else. Most recently, he received critical acclaim for his performance in the indie thriller Pig. Of all his films to date … we recommend that film, as do most critics.
Saban Films has a lot of films under its belt right now. These include Todd Randall’s Under the Stadium Lights, starring Laurence Fishburne and Milo Gibson; the Charles Dickens adaptation Twist, starring Michael Caine, Lena Headey and Rita Ora; and Alicia Silverstone’s wedding comedy Sister of the Groom. The pandemic has also opened up many doors for actors and studios in terms of faster and cheaper release of films, with a wide range of streaming services to choose from. Big-name actors have seized the opportunity to make these films as major studios look to blockbusters to regain momentum after the shutdown.
Cage is also starring in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which he plays himself, a film in which he said that once it was made, he would never watch it. What do you think of Cage’s films?