Justin Lee on Making a Traditional Western with Apache Junction [Exclusive Interview]

Apache Junction

Apache Junction

Director Justin Lee loves westerns and makes quite a few of those films in that genre. For decades, western films dominated the theaters and Lee intends to stick with that traditional formula that made them successful. Apache Junction, it has many of the elements of the traditional western from saloon fights, town gun battles, and the ultimate showdown.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Apache Junction is an outpost of lawlessness, a haven for thieves and cold-blooded killers. After a big-city reporter Annabell Angel arrives to write an article on the town, she becomes a target when notorious gunslinger Jericho Ford comes to her aid. Now Annabelle must entrust her future to a man with a deadly past, as Jericho heads toward a tense showdown in this thrilling western that unloads a double-barreled blast of action.

The film stars Trace Adkins (Moms’ Night Out, The Lincoln Lawyer), Stuart Townsend (Salem, Betrayal, Queen of the Damned), Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween I & II, The Runaways), Ed Morrone (Final Kill), Victoria Pratt (Heartland), and Thomas Jane (The Expanse, Deep Blu Sea, Boogie Nights).

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director and writer Justin Lee on crafting a traditional western. He talked about why westerns work and don’t need to change.

Justin Lee directed films such as Badland, Swell, and Big Legend.

Apache Junction is in theaters, On Demand and digital on Friday, September 24.

Watch the exclusive interview with Justin Lee below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Saban Films

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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