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First-time feature director Jeymes Samuel faced an uphill battle to get his dream project off the ground, but the dedicated support of some A-list collaborators ensured that his bold vision for an all-Black Western got made: “Everyone sensed that we wanted a win for this guy.”

Pitching his would-be Western for the better part of the 2010s, Jeymes Samuel had been in a lot of tough rooms. One of the most nerve-wracking was in customs and immigration at LAX.

At the time, Samuel had been flying back and forth between Los Angeles and his native U.K. so much that, he says, he was flagged by immigration. “I said, ‘Listen, I am trying to work here but I am not being paid. I am trying to make a movie.’ They said, ‘What’s the movie?’ ” So, as he did on studio lots and to indie financiers many, many times before, Samuel pitched The Harder They Fall, a Western that brings together an all-Black cast for a fictionalized epic about how real-life Old West legend Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) attempts to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of the ruthless outlaw Rufus Buck (Idris Elba). Sitting in a windowless room in LAX’s international terminal in 2019, he won over the group of gathered immigration and customs officers but was told he had 90 days before he needed a visa. The next time he returned to Los Angeles, Samuel had a visa and backing from Netflix.

An established musician and producer who goes by the stage name The Bullitts (he also composed the film’s score), Samuel was able to convince one of the industry’s most moneyed studios, an Oscar-winning actress and Jay-Z, among many others, to buy into his vision for The Harder They Fall. The filmmaker’s occasionally manic but always contagious resolve was enough to get the production not only greenlit but through a day-one COVID-19 shutdown. As producer James Lassiter puts it: “Everyone had the sense that we want a win for this guy.”

Lassiter met the writer-director through Jay-Z, who had worked with the musician turned filmmaker on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. The two had been workshopping the Western for several years, with Samuel releasing his 2013 short film/proof-of-concept They Die by Dawn starring Michael K. Williams and Erykah Badu, among others, on Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming service in 2015. “I said, ‘Ugh, a Western? That’s not my thing,’ ” remembers Lassiter, who acquiesced and read the script, finding himself “blown away, not just by the content but with the audacity of the attempt.”

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