Before The Old Way was released in January 2023, Nicolas Cage had worked on another similar almost-Western movie, Butcher’s Crossing. Although the film premiered at the 2022 TIFF, it hasn’t seen the light of theaters… until now. The upcoming Western drama film is based on the novel of the same name written by John Edward Williams in 1960. Butcher’s Crossing comes from writer-producer-director, Gabe Polsky, known primarily for documentary films, in his feature film debut, which he co-writes with Liam Satre-Meloy. The film’s story, taken after the original novel, follows a Harvard dropout, Will, who forgoes his Ivy League education and moves to a small town in Kansas called Butcher’s Crossing. There he explores the wilderness and joins a group of buffalo hunters, which not only puts his life at risk but also threatens his sanity. From what we know, the film echoes elements of Into the Wild and Terror woven into Western lore.
Your guide to watching Nic Cage’s Butcher’s Crossing (2023), with when it hits theaters, whether it’s coming to streaming, and more.