Between 2004 and 2008, Irish bad boy Colin Farrell couldn't catch a break, whether he was trying to conquer the world ("Alexander"), international drug cartels ("Miami Vice"), or 70-year-old ladies (Dame Eileen Atkins). It looked like his career was bound for the same superstar purgatory where Christian Slater and James Van Der Beek play polo on the weekends and mourn cancelled television shows.
Then along came a funny, grisly little movie called "In Bruges" which proved that Farrell still had the goods, big time. Currently experiencing a career renaissance as a result, looks like Mr. Farrell is returning the favor by reuniting with "Bruges" writer/director Martin McDonagh for the cheerfully titled "Seven Psychopaths."
According to Variety the film is NOT a dark sequel to "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," but rather a black comedy co-starring Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken, who've all played their fair share of hell-raising wackos on-and-off the court, so to speak.
The plot revolves around "a screenwriter (Farrell) struggling for inspiration for his script, 'Seven Psychopaths,' who gets drawn into the dog kidnapping schemes of his oddball friends (Rockwell and Walken). Things take a turn for the worse when a gangster's (Rourke) mutt goes missing." Oooh, very meta.
Besides being a very talented creator of super-violent films, McDonagh is also responsible for acclaimed and super-violent plays, including "A Behanding in Spokane" which recently garnered Walken a Tony nomination, and "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" in which the entire stage and most of the audience usually winds up caked in blood. Expect no less from "Seven Psychopaths."
No word yet on who will fill the shoes of the remaining four psychos, but Gary Busey, Joaquin Phoenix, Crispin Glover and Mel Gibson should all be expecting phone calls shortly.