Instead of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Butcher's Crossing is set in the 1870s and follows a man who drops out of Harvard to find "an original relation to nature" in the west. He ends up in the small Kansas town of Butcher's Crossing, and joins a hunt for a buffalo herd. But it's a little more than just a man escaping life and hunting the big buffalo. The quest leads him to madness before heading back to the Crossing where the world has changed just as much as he and his party have.
My only reservation is Mendes, and wondering how the director would handle a world of rough, historical madness. We know Hillcoat can do it -- he's hit the theme out of the park with both Proposition and The Road. So what do you think? Can Mendes whip up a suitable take at madness in the 19th century west?