Rutger Hauer To Play The ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:36 am,

While he may not exactly be a household name, actor Rutger Hauer (best known for playing the renegade replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner) will play the lead in first-time director Jason Eisener’s B-movie pic, Hobo With A Shotgun.

Eisener won a contest at the 2007 SXSW to have his fake trailer for Hobo With A Shotgun attached to select prints of the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double feature Grindhouse.  He is now set to turn Hobo With A Shotgun into a feature-length movie, a project slated to begin filming this week in Novia Scotia (Eisener’s country of origin).

Like Grindhouse, Hobo With A Shotgun pays homage to the low-budget exploitation flicks of the 1970s in terms of both style and content.  The plot of the film revolves around a homeless man who takes it upon himself to become a justice-seeking, shotgun-wielding vigilante.

Just take a look at the original Hobo With A Shotgun trailer for a better idea of what to expect from the feature film version


Admittedly, it’s difficult to tell at this point whether or not a movie version of Hobo With A Shotgun can sustain the wild, out-of-control pace and feel of the trailer — or whether it’ll actually be entertaining.  The concept is amusingly low-grade (which is of course part of its charm) but it’ll definitely be hard-pressed not to wear itself out quickly when it’s developed into a full-blown narrative.

In addition, while the fake trailers that were attached to Grindhouse have themselves been quite popular with fanboys (so much with the Machete trailer that it too is getting the feature-length treatment) it’s important to remember that Grindhouse itself was a financial flop, grossing only $25 million on a $67 million budget.  When you think about it like that, solid box office returns for Hobo With A Shotgun (like Machete) are far from guaranteed.

grindhouse poster Rutger Hauer To Play The Hobo With A Shotgun

Despite offering 2 movies for the price of 1, ‘Grindhouse’ was a flop at the box office.

Still, if Hobo With A Shotgun generates some strong buzz within the fanboy community, it has the potential to do some decent business in theaters.  As was the case this past weekend with Kick-Ass, the returns might not be record-breaking, but good enough all the same.

There’s no word yet on when Hobo With A Shotgun might make its way into theaters.   You can expect more information on that once the film has been picked up for distribution by a major studio.

Source: /Film, Youtube

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  1. ill watch this :)

  2. These “fake” trailers make better b-movies!!! I don't think they are boxoffice material but DVD's can make money again!!! I hope they make more real movies out of fake trailers for 'Grindhouse'!!!

  3. I hope they keep making fake trailers into real b movies to help DVDs make money again!!!

  4. I hope they keep making real movies out of fake trailers for they are very good and will help sales of DVDs.

  5. I enjoy that real movies are being made out of fake trailers from “Grindhouse”. I don't think they will make good boxoffice but it will help DVDs.

  6. I am so happy they are making real movies out of fake trailers. I don't think they will be great boxoffice but they will do very well on DVDs!!!

  7. I think I'd heard Eli Roth talk about making a “Thanksgiving” movie, but that was awhile back. A part of me would be curious about a movie version of “Don't,” but that's just because I laughed more during that trailer than even “Machete.” Probably just because it was done by Edgar Wright and was just downright silly.