Chris Pine, Ben Foster to Reteam with ‘Hell or High Water’ Director David Mackenzie

Hell or High Water

Last year Hell or High Water became an unexpected success. Critics were nearly unanimous in their praise for the drama, which followed two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who started robbing banks to raise money to save their mother’s farm before a bank forecloses on the property.

With a Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) and his partner (Gil Birmingham) in hot pursuit of the desperate criminals, the movie sustained a strong tone of drama and suspense throughout, all set against the striking, desolate landscape of West Texas. Audiences responded to the movie and it ended up earning more than $27 million. It was a modest financial success, to be sure, but it augured well for the continuing career of British filmmaker David Mackenzie.

Now Pine, Foster and Mackenzie are in final talks to reteam for Outlaw King, according to Deadline. The movie tells the story of Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who led his people in a battle for freedom from English rule. Pine is eyed to play Robert the Bruce, while Foster would play a Scottish knight named James Douglas, a good friend, and adviser to the king.

Angus MacFadyen played Robert the Bruce in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, though in this portrayal the character “casts aside the comfortable trappings of his upbringing to stand up for his countrymen in a long campaign.” Bash Doran wrote the script.

Netflix will finance the production, which is slated to start shooting in Scotland in late summer. Hell or High Water was the first movie that director Mackenzie made in the U.S.; he was born in Scotland and this certainly sounds like a passion project for him.