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Friday, April 9, 2010

'Arkansas Traveler' maybe coming to a theater near you

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM


Garett Dillahunt

Arkansas Civil War nerds rejoice! There's a new film in development that, if it gets financing, could satisfy all your pedantic gripes about authenticity — except that filmmakers hope to film it all in Missouri.

It's called "Arkansas Traveler" and stars the guy above, Garret Dillahunt, who was great on "Deadwood," and is directed by Sean Bridgers, who was also great on "Deadwood," as Johnny Burns (the dopey-er of Al Swearengen's goons), and another guy.

Two of the film's crew are living historians and, as this detailed article in a Missouri newspaper outlines, they are serious about being faithful to the period. “I’m going to guarantee if this becomes a feature film that it will be the most accurate film ever done in the United States,” one of them said.

Here's part of the synopsis. There's more, but if this movie actually gets its money together, there are some serious spoilers in the full thing.

"Arkansas Traveler" is a Faustian western set in the dark, waning days of the American Civil war. Wayland McGlawhorn (Garett Dillahunt), is a captured Confederate soldier who, with the help of the enigmatic John Bones (Sean Bridgers), escapes from the infamous Rock Island prison camp and embarks on a treacherous journey home to Arkansas to rejoin the wife and family he left behind. Dressed in the clothes of a carpetbagger, whose suicide he witnessed, Wayland travels the back roads of the war-torn South - a world filled with danger and corruption - which provides very little opportunity for him to cool his guns and mend his violent, tortured soul.

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