When I spoke to writer Chad Law a while back he discussed his inspiration for the character:
I liked the idea that in any other movie he might very well be the bad guy but here, in this story, he just happens to be the good guy due to circumstance and from this story’s perspective. Like Christian Slater said about Sonny Chiba in TRUE ROMANCE “he ain’t so much a good guy as he is just a bad motherfucker…he gets paid by people to fuck guys up.” That was sort of the genesis, that sort of general idea. It’s just that here, in this story, they messed with Colton’s family and he comes to help, even if almost begrudgingly seeming at times.
To me, that’s far too interesting a character to only see in one film; I would love to see him busting heads again, maybe in a TV series where he is a drifter going from town to town and helping people… kinda like a one man A-Team.
The only problem with Close Range was the story struggled to fill out an entire movie which is why we got pointless scenes like the introduction of the Mexican Cartel villains who were merely disposable goons.
Adkins and Isaac truly are a great action team and when they work together we get some of the best action you’ll see.
Close Range went straight to DVD so it’s difficult to tell if it made any profit whatsoever but if we were to get a sequel then I would be game.
Would you watch a sequel?