The film adaptation for Richard Brautigan’s 1974 novel, “The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western”, is well on its way, with director Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Killing of the Sacred Deer”) still attached to direct.

Yogros Lanthimos enlists scribe for "The Hawkline Monster" adaptation
Richard Brautigan’s novel, “The Hawkline Monster”, first released in 1974.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a recent collaborator to Lanthimos has just been added to the project. Tony McNamara, who has worked with Lanthimos on his film, “The Favourite”, is set to write the screenplay for the upcoming adaptation.

The book talks about a young girl named Magic Child, who employs a pair of gunslingers to kill a supposed monster that dwells inside an ice cave underneath the house of a young woman named Miss Hawkline. There is, of course, more to the young girl, the woman, and the house than meets the eye.

The project is in early days, but it’s one to fondly look forward to, especially for us suckers for gothic tales and westerns.

Watch the trailer for “The Favourite” below, just to get a taste of what both McNamara and Lanthimos are able to create together.