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Bill Paxton made his directorial debut with 2001's FRAILTY - a really enjoyable (and really overlooked) thriller. With the exception of 2005's THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, he has stuck pretty closely to acting, and we have been wondering when we would see him step back behind the camera again.
It seems the time has come. Deadline reports that Paxton will helm an adaptation of Joe Lansdale’s acclaimed novel, The Bottoms.
Here is the synopsis, via Amazon:
It's 1933 in East Texas and the Depression lingers in the air like a slow moving storm. When a young Harry Collins and his little sister stumble across the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottoms of the Sabine River, their small town is instantly charged with tension. When a second body turns up, this time of a white woman, there is little Harry can do from stopping his Klan neighbors from lynching an innocent black man. Together with his younger sister, Harry sets out to discover who the real killer is, and to do so they will search for a truth that resides far deeper than any river or skin color.
The script will be written by FRAILTY scribe Brent Hanley, and production is expected to begin later this year.
“I have been a big fan of Joe Lansdale’s writing since the Hap And Leonard novels,” Paxton says. “His stories and characters are vivid, original and indelible. The screenwriter Brent Hanley and I have been looking to team up again, since Frailty and when we read Joe’s book The Bottoms, we knew we had hit pay dirt. With a story and script this good, we have a chance to make a bonafide classic. I couldn’t be more excited!”