‘That Dirty Black Bag’: Cowboys Enter Daunting Eight-Day Gunfight in New AMC Western

by Matthew Memrick
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A new AMC western set for spring called “That Dirty Black Bag” will revolve around cowboys caught up in a daunting 8-day gunfight.

On Thursday, the AMC Networks streaming service will show the eight-episode Dominic Cooper series. The eight episodes are the first of a planned three-season storyline.

The English actor, known for his work in “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Mamma Mia,” plays sheriff Arthur McCoy. 

McCoy goes up against bounty hunter Red Bill, portrayed by Douglas Booth. 

Wanna know about the title? According to Comingsoon.net, the Red Bill character is an infamous, solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a dirty black bag because, as he puts it, ‘Heads weigh less than bodies.’ 

Expect a world of bandits and bounty hunters with no true heroes, anyone can die, and the hunters can quickly become the hunted. 

I’m already wondering if the bag with the heads gets too heavy? Well, there you go. You’re pretty intrigued now.

Niv Sultan, Guido Caprino, Christian Cooke, Travis Fimmel, and Aidan Gillen will co-star in the spaghetti western.

‘That Dirty Black Bag’ Has International Flare

An Englishman stars in it while an Italian directed and co-wrote it. Italy, Spain, and Morocco served as filming locations.

Talk about all that for a Western. Oh, the producers are English

IMDb also summed it up in a few words, calling it “a raw, epic and romantic spaghetti western series about the dark side of the Far West.”

Mauro Aragoni co-wrote the series with fellow Italians Silvia Ebreul, Marcello Izzo, and Fabio Paladini. Aragoni will co-direct with Brian O’Malley.  

Further, AMC+ general manager Courtney Thomasma called the series an “innovative reimagining of the classic Western” in a press statement. 

Thomasma said the network’s streaming service was “excited to bring AMC+ subscribers another thrilling, high-stakes adventure of love and bloodlust in the Old West.”

She also likened the series to past popular AMC shows like “Hell on Wheels” and “The Son.” 

Bron Studios and Mediawan’s Palomar are backing the production.

Spaghetti Westerns Making A Comeback?

Italians making a comeback and making westerns again? We’ll have to wait and see now. 

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Fist Full Of Dollars” come to mind. Maybe even Clint Eastwood’s 1968 “Hang’ Em High” has shades of that particular genre.

Three seasons should be a worthy challenge for any international production with multiple filming locations.

Palomar co-CEO Nicola Serra is excited about bringing the series to American, Canadian, and Australian fans. Serra said the company jumped on the project with “a great ambition to make something unexpected and modern” in the vein of the spaghetti western

Serra said despite the pandemic struggles from the past two years, the group “had a lot of fun shooting this show.”

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