Penhall Writing Mendes Film Butcher’s Crossing

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Joe Penhall (The Road) will write the screenplay for the Sam Mendes-directed Butcher’s Crossing, an adaptation of John Williams’ 1960 Western novel at Focus Features.

Set during the 1870s, the adventure story centers on a man who drops out of Harvard and heads west to the small Kansas town of the title. There, he joins the search for a great buffalo herd.

Mendes and his Neal Street Prods. partners Pippa Harris and Caro Newling are producing with Polsky Films’ Gabe and Alan Polsky.