There are few filmmakers that encapsulate the spirit of independent cinema like Alex Cox. After his breakout hit Repo Man in 1984, he made the spaghetti western Straight to Hell, the controversial biopic Sid and Nancy, and the unconventional biographical western Walker before more or less dropping from the public eye. He kept making movies, though, just on the cheap and on his own terms, and he wants to continue that with his new film, Tombstone Rashomon, which he’s hoping to fund via an Indiegogo campaign.
I’ll let Mr. Cox explain further.
There have been dozens of filmed adaptations of the fabled Gunfight at the OK Corral but, as Cox points out, none of them have been entirely accurate. Some of them have Johnny Ringo being there, some of them don’t; some have Morgan Earp dying at the Gunfight, when he was actually assassinated a year later. The only thing they really all seem to get right is that there was indeed a Gunfight at the OK Corral and Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday were involved. The rest has become the stuff of myth.
Cox’s film will be, just as the title suggests, a version of the story told from five different points of view, just like Akira Kurosawa’s seminal samurai drama Rashomon. He’s teaming up with writer Rudy Wurlitzer and special effects maestro Phil Tippett, but can’t do it alone. Because, producers tend not to pay for things they don’t understand. But we’re savvy film fans, so we get it.
Cox is looking to raise at least $200,000, a paltry sum for most feature films, and perks for donating will include downloads of the eventual soundtrack, streaming each of the five stories as they get finished, copies of the screenplay, DVD and Blu-rays of the finished film, tickets to premieres and after parties, and even, for some of the higher levels, producer credit and prop guns from the film.
Help set the record straight in a samurai/spaghetti western style. The campaign runs until September 28th, 2015. To find out more information and to donate, you can visit the official Indiegogo campaign page here.
IMAGE: Alex Cox
Kyle Anderson is the Weekend Editor and a film and TV critic for Nerdist.com. Follow him on Twitter!