Death in the Desert, inspired by the true crime book by Cathy Scott, and starring internationally-acclaimed actor Michael Madsen, comes to VOD February 16 from Osiris Entertainment.
Michael Madsen stars in a film inspired by the real-life murder of casino tycoon Ted Binion.
The acclaimed actor, known for his roles in Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, is winning raves for his performance. But just as many seem to be taken with the story told within the picture.
Director Josh Evans says he’s excited to see the interest building for the film.
“It’s fantastic. It was a lot of work, it was a big commitment at the time – felt like I was in my own shell for a while, so it’s great that people are now getting see and experience what we’d been looking at for a while now”, the filmmaker told Cyrus Webb on DC Now recently.
Initially, said Evans, he and Scott were working on a completely different project (“I was working on an adaptation of the Notorious B.I.G.. and that got a little side-tracked)- when he saw the cover of her book Death in the Desert.
“I just saw the cover, ya know? It was a picture of Vegas – and something about that drew me right in. Something about the experience of Las Vegas and what Las Vegas means. So I started reading the book and then I started reading about the [Binion] case and to me it seemed like it would make a great film.”
Legendary casino owner Ray Easler (Madsen) gets more than he bargained for when his live-in girlfriend falls for the hired help. What results is a mystery a deck of cards long, and a finale that’ll shock like the largest of losses.
For Madsen, a lot of the appeal lay in the real life case.
The actor told The Huffington Post, “I can only compare it to Donnie Brasco, because I played Sonny Black and I wanted to tell his story. I felt the same about Ted Binion and was happy to play someone where the story’s based on actual events.”
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Josh Evans, Death in the Desert available February 16 on VOD.
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