The film is to be directed and written by Walter Hill, whose credits include 1979 cult hit The Warriors, 48 Hrs., Another 48 Hrs. and Bullet to the Head, among others. This will be Hill’s first film since 2016’s Michelle Rodriguez-starrer The Assignment.
According to Deadline, Dead for a Dollar will take place in 1897, set in New Mexico Territory, Chihuahua. Waltz will play famed bounty hunter Max Borlund (another western bounty hunter role following his Oscar-winning turn in 2012’s Django Unchained), who is hired to find and return one Rachel Price, the wife of a Sante Fe businessman. He heads to Mexico, where he runs across a sworn enemy (Dafoe) – a gambler and occasional outlaw he had sent to jail years earlier.
Across the border he also discovers that Rachel, in an effort to flee her abusive husband, willingly ran away with the African American army deserter accused of kidnapping her. Max must choose whether to return Rachel to her abuser or help her fight off hired guns – as well as his rival.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with the legendary Walter Hill who has created a Western with contemporary themes and modern feeling characters,” Deadline quotes producer Kirk D’Amico, president and CEO of Myriad Pictures, the independent entertainment company taking the project to international sales at the Cannes virtual market this week. “Award-winning actors Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe will embody the extraordinary leading roles which are destined for cinematic history.”