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.