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
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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.
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.