Thomas Jane is arguably one of the most underrated actors working today. His breakout role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s BOOGIE NIGHTS led to starring roles in films like DEEP BLUE SEA, 61*, THE PUNISHER, STANDER, and Stephen King’s THE MIST… not to mention HBO’s series HUNG, for which Tom received multiple Golden Globe nominations. Tom is also a man of many hats, having produced (with business partner and prolific comic book cover artist Tim Bradstreet) numerous comics and graphic novels, including BAD PLANET and ALIEN PIG FARM 3000, all of which feature artwork by some of the top talent in the industry. Jane even directed and starred in his own 3D movie, DARK COUNTRY, and subsequently published a graphic novel to tie in with it. It’s safe to say Tom Jane is a creative man, and likes keeping himself busy in that regard. One of his upcoming projects is something he’s calling a “Gothic Western”, titled A MAGNIFICENT DEATH FROM A SHATTERED HAND. Tom will once again be in the director’s chair, and stars alongside Nick Nolte and Jeremy Irons – good company! In a quote regarding the project, Jane noted “My intention is for the movie to utilize themes that characterize the classic Western films – their exploration of rugged individualism versus civic duty, of personal valor versus the violence of pre-civil worlds – to create a film that works on the level of rousing entertainment.”
Filming is set to begin in Spring 2013, shooting in Utah. I know Tom had said he wanted to go for a “John Ford” sensibility on this, and that’s rather refreshing to hear. The script is co-written by Jane and Jose Prendes and is rumored to follow one man’s journey for redemption in the ruthless West – where an ex-soldier is relentlessly tracked down for the murder and rape of a well-to-do woman. He must face mercenaries, tribal warriors, and women of sin to clear his name and uncover the true story behind the manhunt. It seems like in recent years ‘The Western’ has tried valiantly to make a comeback, but Hollywood just isn’t willing to take many risks with them. Hopefully Jane’s effort will be embraced by audiences. The fine folks at Cargo Entertainment are supporting the project. We’re posting two early concept posters (one above and one below – the latter designed by Tim Bradstreet) that were shown at Long Beach Comic-Con earlier this month, but this is the first (to our knowledge) time you can see them in any official capacity. We’ll keep you posted on progress, as this is one project we’ll be following with great interest.
While we’re waiting for more info on this, in case anyone missed Tom’s special short “fan” film called DIRTY LAUNDRY, you can see it below. Let’s just say it was a big surprise for fans of THE PUNISHER. And now it seems there’s a few people out there who would like Disney and Marvel to stand up and take notice of it, as there’s an online petition asking Disney to bring Tom back as Frank Castle. Wanna sign it? Hey, why not. Imagine how cool it would be to see Jane do a Punisher sequel the way it was meant to be done… in fact, go ask ALL of your friends to sign this baby. Who knows, maybe someone over at Disney will realize just how fantastic this could really be.