Filmmaker S. Craig Zahler has been discussing his next few projects and reveals that he is desperate to get back behind the camera.


Zahler has been quiet since he released Dragged Across Concrete to much critical acclaim and a whole lot of controversy in 2019.

In the last 18 months, he’s penned a new novel and a comic book, The Slanted Gutter and Forbidden Surgeries of the Hideous Dr. Divinus, respectively.

In an interview with Word Balloon, Zahler states that he has three film projects in various stages of development.

The first is Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child, which is an adaptation of his novel of the same name. The story follows an orphan who was born with several deformities and must deal with the prejudice and the dangers of the world, including scientists who adopt him as a pet.

The film will be black-and-white and almost three hours long. Additionally, Deadline reports that the Jim Henson Company is involved, and the central character will be an animatronic puppet. The director told Word Balloon that familiar faces, as well as other big names, have already signed on.

Zahler also confirmed that Fury of the Strongman is another movie that he’s had in the works for quite some time.


The screenplay is even available to read on his website if you don’t mind spoilers. I won’t ruin it for you, but it’s another gritty crime movie in the vein of Brawl In Cell Block 99 and Dragged Across Concrete, albeit much nastier.

Set in the 1970s, the story revolves around a travelling circus that ruffles the feathers of the racist locals of a small Louisiana town.

The third project is a horror movie which he didn’t give any details on. It’ll be interesting to see what he does with a fully-fledged horror movie that he directs.

The movies are Zahler’s priority but he also opened up about two other projects that are on the backburner. One is an “enormous western” that he intends to release as a miniseries on a streaming service. In an interview with Curzon back in 2019, he said Tory Kittles and Don Johnson will lead the cast in this one.


During his conversation with Word Balloon, Zahler revealed that he’s adapted an old Western novel, which will be announced soon, however, he also confirmed that he won’t direct the feature.

We’ll bring you more on these projects when we find out.

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