Martin McDonagh had already been a popular director in some circles before 2017’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri truly put him on the map thanks to a host of Oscar nominations, including acting wins for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths had already become cult favourite black comedies, and the director may be heading back to that genre.
The director is setting up his next film. Backed by Searchlight Pictures and Film4, the movie reportedly follows two lifelong pals on a remote Irish isle. At an impasse, one abruptly ends the friendship, resulting in alarming consequences for both.
The film will star two of McDonagh’s favourite collaborators. Colin Farrell, who starred in both In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, is back, as is Brendan Gleeson, who also starred in the former, as well as The Guard and Calvary, which were directed by McDonagh’s brother, John Michael McDonagh.
Both actors excel at delivering Martin’s deadpan dialogue, so this is a natural fit. Little else is known about the project right now, but filming is expected to commence this year. Will its eventual release try and capitalise on McDonagh’s awards success from 2017 and aim for an Oscar-friendly release again, or will this be more of a festival charmer?