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Is Sean Penn Going To Make THE KILLER INSIDE ME For Val Kilmer'! Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease...

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I love Jim Thompson books. They are evil, loathsome little things that practically grease your fingers up as you read them, hard-boiled to a degree that any moderately well-adjusted person would recoil from. They’re noir books for people who really hate people. They are malicious and mean and that’s what makes them great.

And now we might see the best of them brought to the screen, if this report is true.








Harry, BRISTLEHOUND here.

Oscar nominated Sean Penn, the star of the brilliant MYSTIC RIVER, is next planning to slide into the legendary THE KILLER INSIDE ME, the most famous book by pulp/neo noir author Jim Thompson. Penn, who has stopped campaigning for the Oscar, leaving the field wide open to Bill Murray and Johnny Depp, will star as a Texas lawman hunting for a viscious killer- but the killer is himself and he doesn't realize it. The script is by Andrew CHOPPER Domenik, a badass Aussie who wrote it at one point for him to direct. For some godless reason he wanted Tom Cruise, which didn't happen, and he dropped out.

Then guess who stepped in? Val Kilmer- he rewrote the script and now he is going to direct Sean Friggin Penn! It's like two Lords of Darkness will be together at last. Supposedly Penn will work with wife Robin Wright for the first time, though I doubt this, cause it's sick- the only female lead gets brutally slaughtered by the main character. This is darker than THE GRIFTERS and more wacked than THE GETAWAY. Now all we need is the most difficult Thompson book to come to the screen - THE NOTHING MAN, about a guy who kills whenever women see his tiny pee pee. I think it's loosely based on Kevin Smith's life. OUT.

For those of you who haven’t read THE KILLER INSIDE ME, it was reportedly Stanley Kubrick’s favorite novel, and he considered trying to make the film at one point. Val Kilmer’s been involved with this project at various times over the past decade, and there’s always someone trying to figure out how to bring it to life. Maybe this time we’ll actually see it happen. Let’s see if any more news about it surfaces.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • Feb. 10, 2004, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Yay .... more of Sean's angry face

    by SpeakersCorner

    Forgetting In Restrospect Sean's Talent

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Kilmer+Penn

    by robjefferson

    I have a strange love for Kilmer, and there's no denying Penn's talent. However, it would be awesome for his wife to play the character he murders. Has that ever been done before by a husband/wife duo? None spring to mind.

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 8:16 a.m. CST

    "It's like a battle between machine and horse..."

    by DarqueGuy

    With no disrespect to the soure material, but isn't the whole "lawman chasing the killer that is himself" premise the very thing that was ridiculed in Adaptation? I would think anybody would think twice about doing a film with that hook after that film. Oh well...maybe Kilmer can pull it off AND pull Penn in. Or maybe not.

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 8:59 a.m. CST

    with wife for first time?!?!?!

    by filmcoyote

    Like Penn and sounds like a good conflicted role for him to sink his teeth into. A team up with Kilmer might be interesting. But he may appear with wife Robin Wright Penn for the first time might he? So were the previous four films they made together (including three since the got married) just dreams I had - or in the case of She's So Lovely nightmare? But still, keen to see, though less keen than I might have been had I not been told he's hunting for himself. Hoping that's not a big plot surprise.

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Thompson twins

    by johnquay

    King Tut Lives is correct...in Thompson's novel, the sheriff quite consciously and deliberately commits the murders, and gets away with them for so long because he's outwardly so bland and boring...which leads me to think that as much as I respect Sean Penn's acting skills, he's improperly cast for the role. This is one instance where a "smooth vacant face" like Josh Hartnett or Ben Affleck might actually work. Also, THE NOTHING MAN is not about a guy who kills people when they learn about his tiny peepee; it's about a guy who kills people when they learn he has no peepee whatsoever (it was shot off in the war; he still has his testicles however, which makes for one aggravating life, hence the murders).

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 9:25 a.m. CST

    The Penns

    by small boy

    They acted together in She's So Lovely, the amazing State of Grace, Hurly-Burly, and he directed her in The Pledge and The Crossing Guard. "In your face, Flanders!!!!!! In your face!!!!!"

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the spoiler warning, asshole.

    by FrankCobretti

    So, you're saying Penn is going to direct Kilmer in The Three?

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Aargh, Darque Guy Beat Me To It!

    by FrankCobretti

    I really should read the other TBs *before* I post.

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I'd rather see Penn direct and Kilmer star, though... Penn's distinctive face isn't bland enough for the role. There are lots of other people I'd like to see do it... Billy-Bob Thornton might seem obvious, but imagine his slow drawl, smiling in sunglasses, leaning against a porch railing saying "It's not the heat, it's the humidity," to some bored, annoyed townsperson. Fuck the more I think about it, Thornton would be PERFECT. He's got the good ol' boy looks, and imagine how terrifying he would be when his character snaps into violence.

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I'd rather see Penn direct and Kilmer star, though... Penn's distinctive face isn't bland enough for the role. There are lots of other people I'd like to see do it... Billy-Bob Thornton might seem obvious, but imagine his slow drawl, smiling in sunglasses, leaning against a porch railing saying "It's not the heat, it's the humidity," to some bored, annoyed townsperson. Fuck the more I think about it, Thornton would be PERFECT. He's got the good ol' boy looks, and imagine how terrifying he would be when his character snaps into violence.

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I'd rather see Penn direct and Kilmer star, though... Penn's distinctive face isn't bland enough for the role. There are lots of other people I'd like to see do it... Billy-Bob Thornton might seem obvious, but imagine his slow drawl, smiling in sunglasses, leaning against a porch railing saying "It's not the heat, it's the humidity," to some bored, annoyed townsperson. Fuck the more I think about it, Thornton would be PERFECT. He's got the good ol' boy looks, and imagine how terrifying he would be when his character snaps into violence.

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Cool! Does DeNiro play the devil?

    by epitone

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 7:57 p.m. CST

    by YourHero

    how exactly does one campaign for an oscar?

  • Feb. 10, 2004, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Are you confusing "The Killer Inside Me"

    by Drunken Rage

    with "Pop. 1280"? I haven't read either in probably 20 yrs, but as I recall, "Pop. 1280" was about a sheriff who killed a few people and kept getting away with it because everyone thought he was a dunce. Maybe they're just similarly-plotted. Regardless, "Pop. 1280" was shot as "Coup de Torchon (Clean Slate)" by Bertrand Tavernier and it's excellent.

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Anything with Jim Thompson involved

    by PumpyMcAss

    means that I will be first in line at the theater or bookstore. I would have naturally thought that Sean Penn would be at the helm of this one with Val Kilmer playing the lead. But having the opposite be true could also prove very interesting. Though Penn directing is a very sure thing indeed.

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 12:55 a.m. CST

    anyone remember Showtime's "Fallen Angels"(1993)?

    by beamish13

    Very cool noir anthology show based on stories by Jim Thompson, Don Westlake, Chandler, etc. I wish it was out on DVD

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 12:56 a.m. CST

    how to write a twist ending:

    by beamish13

    step 1: read final chapter of Agatha Christie's THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD step 2: repeat step 3: spin and dry

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 1:11 a.m. CST

    One of Kubrick's favorites you say...???

    by castaway

    Let's see, the book has a blurb from Mr. Stanley Kubrick on the front cover, a mind-bending plot (even with that main bit spoiled I still have to wonder HOW ARE THEY GONNA HANDLE THIS?) and kudos for being dark and people haterish? In the immortal words of Beavis and Butt-head, "I'm there dude" huh huh huh huh huh huh huh huh huh huh. By the way, anyone else know about other stuff Kubrick was interested in? I haven't heard about much of anything else besides what was mentioned in that documentary about his life. Thanks for the heads up beamish13, I'll be sure to give Christie's book a try.

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Kilmer looking to step behind the camera?

    by Manaqua

    hmmmm, that might be interesting. I like seeing name actors step up adn direct. Clooney done good, me thinks Kilmer wil too. Not familiar with the book but might have to check it out. I think I will go use the link that was placed above for my convenience. M

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 2:05 a.m. CST

    FALLEN ANGELS was great!! Thanks for reminding me.

    by Cash Bailey

    They should bring it back. Get some of the newer directors like Innaritu (sp?), Fincher and Carnahan. Find one single person with the balls to adapt Andrew Vachss.

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Might have been damn good IF YOU HADN'T SPOILED THE WHOLE FUCKIN

    by JackBurton

    Why the fuck do I even come here, I really do wonder some days...

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 3:58 a.m. CST

    didn't donald kaufman already do a script for this?

    by readyoufool

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 4:59 a.m. CST

    I know i'm like the 10th guy to say it but.....

    by thestrongestone

    it really does sound like "The Threee". But if Val Kilmer has anything like the handle on story structure that Donald Kauffman does I am there.

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 6:01 a.m. CST

    ...

    by Gluecifer

    "Supposedly Penn will work with wife Robin Wright for the first time" Oh, have you forgotten the excellent "State of grace"? Well, they perhaps weren't married at that time, but...

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Robin and Sean also worked together in "She's So Lovely"

    by beamish13

    and they were married when that one was filming

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 9:31 p.m. CST

    jim thompson rules

    by hank quinlan

    Never read this one. What I always love in Thompson's work is how it starts off rather dry and dull. Then by the end, the language and situations become surreal. Pahlinuk has got nothing on Thompson. The guy was a genius. Too bad no one ever made the Getaway as it was written. Still could be really cool. And I do think it would be better with Penn directing and Kilmer starring. Penn is an underrated director. Loved the much reviled Crossing Guard. The first half of the Pledge is amazing. The last half...I see what he was going for...but it just really sucked.

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 9:52 p.m. CST

    It's been done before

    by Raymond Shaw

    This book was filmed once before with Stacy Keach in the lead role. I remember seeing it at least 20 years ago.

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 10:59 p.m. CST

    andrew domenik

    by SimpsonsQuoteMan

    hes a lot of things, but he aint badass. he is more of a rich-boy, emo glasses, black turtle-neck, latte sipping professional academic. not that i know the guy. but he likes queer eye for the straight guy. i heard it from teh intarweb

  • Feb. 11, 2004, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Andrew Dominik IS a film school wanker, but that didn't stop CHO

    by Cash Bailey

    I'd prefer him to that fund-sucking waste of space David Ceasar.

  • Feb. 12, 2004, 3 a.m. CST

    Give the 'Adaptation' references a rest, for crying out loud.

    by Wild At Heart

    This guy's description of Thompson's absolutely rivetting novel is so off base it simply isn't funny. It doesn't at all possess the kind of pathetic 'twist' described. 'Killer Inside Me', even 50 years or more after it was first published, STILL has the power to utterly disturb and horrify. It's that good. Simply one of the greatest hardboiled ( with a capital fucking 'H' ) crime novels ever written, and certainly one of the most disquieting depictions of a remorseless, brutal psychopath. So please, show the author and the work (a classic of its kind) a little respect. 'The Three' my freakin' ass! Then again, God only knows what it'll amount to once our pal Val is finished with it. I'd like to be pleasantly surprised.

  • Feb. 12, 2004, 9:59 a.m. CST

    oh man

    by leilani1211

    Since that news is nearly 10 years old and has nothing to do with Kilmer's obvious talent or his ability to write or direct, there is little point in dredging it up.