I don’t think we’ve reported anything on Michael Winterbottom’s upcoming The Killer Inside Me yet, which is sort of a surprise — at least for me. For those who haven’t read Jim Thompson’s novel, it’s a spectacular bit of noir fiction, a dirty, shocking, somewhat disturbing story about a small-town sheriff who’s a bit of a low-watt bulb, a folksy, dimwitted yokel who is… well… also a complete psychotic, a brilliant sociopath whose moron persona is all a front (he deliberately uses simplistic aphorisms just to annoy people). It’s a chilling account, told in the first person by the sheriff, Lou Ford. I didn’t bother with spoilers, since the title pretty much tells you what you need to know anyway.
Winterbottom (A MIghty Heart, 24 Hour Party People) has assembled an unusual cast — Casey Affleck as Ford, and co-starring Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba. Those two are odd choices, but Affleck has proven himself with his roles in Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, so I’m excited about it. If it helps, Bill Pullman, Elias Koteas and Ned Beatty round out the cast. Slash Film has scored a number of cool items, including a couple of on-set pics (via The Playlist) and videos by the producer,
The author, Thompson, has written several excellent novels that have been adapted into brilliant films, including The Grifters, After Dark, My Sweet, and The Getaway. The Killer Inside Me has already been adapted once, by Burt Kennedy in the very good 1976 film that starred Stacy Keach. Winterbottom’s version is due out in 2010.