Taylor Sheridan says his new work Those Who Wish Me Dead feels like a movie created in the 1970s.
And, he adds that “what’s unique is we made this at a studio. This is a studio film. And they trusted us to go do this. We made it like a ’70s movie. They promoted it like a ’70s movie. The biggest 21st-century element is the fact that you’ll be able to stream it or go to the theater.”
The movie opens May 14 in theaters. Plus, like several other movies in the COVID-19 pandemic, HBO Max subscribers can stream it on their televisions or other at-home devices.
Here’s a look at the trailer. Decide for yourself if it has a 70s vibe, then check with us on the other side for more info.
Taylor Sheridan Helped With Script and Directed Movie
Initially, the studio brought in Taylor Sheridan to juice the script. He’s one of the top writers in Hollywood. He earned an Academy Award nomination for Hell or High Water. And his screenplay for Sicario was honored with a nomination from the Writer’s Guild of America.
He does sweeping, western blood justice very well. But the studio also wanted Sheridan to direct the movie. He said he’d do so if Angelina Jolie would agree to play the lead.
This movie was made in two months on location in New Mexico during early summer, 2019. The conditions often were miserable. Taylor Sheridan said he put Jolie “through hell” while filming. Snow still was falling in the mountains. Everyone lived in tents. About the only plus was the terrific food.
So what’s this particular Taylor Sheridan project about? It is set in Montana. Jolie plays Hannah Faber, a smokejumper and an expert on wilderness survival. Smokejumpers do what their name suggests. They jump, via parachute, into major fires in remote areas.
But in the movie, Hannah is a year removed from a major, haunting mistake. She misjudged the wind propelling a fire. She’s assigned to a lonely lookout tower in the middle of a Montana forest.
Hannah comes across a young boy. He’s running from a pair of assailants who killed his dad.
This 1970s Kind of Movie Features Modern Kind of Heroine
Although Taylor Sheridan likened the movie to one made and promoted in the 1970s, it is different. Mainly, the action hero is a woman. And she’s very modern with her skill set.
“My character is not maternal by nature,” Jolie told Entertainment Weekly. She said sometimes Taylor Sheridan “would correct me because my behavior towards a child was different from [Hannah’s] behavior towards a child. It took me a little bit to treat (the boy) badly, but I got there!”
The movie is a redemption tale told in a dramatic 100 minutes.
And Jolie said the selling point for her was the presence of Taylor Sheridan.
“He has a unique voice when it comes to characters within America,” Jolie said. “Which had not been a prior focus of my work. I wanted to be in this world with him.”