Screenfight at the OK Corral


Written By ropes Taylor Sheridan into telling the tale of how he rode the trail from Sicario to Hell or High Water.

Written by RICHARD STAYTON, EDITOR IN CHIEF
Portraits by JILLY WENDELL AND RON TAMMARIELLO

December/January 2017

Late on a Thursday afternoon, Written By finally corrals Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter of Sicario and Hell or High Water. Sheridan’s rarely in Los Angeles these days, preferring to work at his Wyoming ranch. But he recently directed Wind River, his third produced script in two years, and now must edit it here. Obviously, that arduous job provides very little “free” time for an interview.

Sheridan’s solution is to meet at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank near Griffith Park, where he stables “Elvis,” explaining that it’s his sole opportunity to exercise his quarter horse. There the Texan rides the reining champion under trainer Tom Foran’s astute command, keeping both man and horse in shape for future competitions. Reining, I am told, is a western style of riding that started with cattle roping.

So, contributing editor Louise Farr and I find ourselves seated outside a stable talking to the former actor about how the west was lost, why he quit acting to pursue screenwriting, and what happens when Texas and Hollywood collide.