Here’s the synopsis: Despite the trappings — guns, stakeouts, an ex-con, a private eye, a porn ring, a shootout — this isn’t an ordinary suspense novel. It’s a lean, effective character study about a man who risks his comfortable life to pursue something half-glimpsed within his psyche. He feels guilty about his father’s suicide, he doubts his ability to raise his own son, and now he’s mixed up with another father, whose son has gone into a place of great darkness. A stirring tale in which actions have consequences, and no one is left unchanged by the things that they see and do.
Michael C. Hall, pictured, whose final season as Showtime’s signature serial killer “Dexter” starts June 30, has just landed the lead role in Cold In July, says Deadline.
That’s the feature adaptation of the Joe Lansdale cult novel that will be directed by Jim Mickle, whose horror film We Are What We Are just played at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festival.
“Hal plays the protagonist Richard Dane, who shoots and kills an armed burglar in his living room. It’s a clear-cut case of self defense to everyone but the burglar’s father, who vows Old Testament-style eye-for-an-eye justice. Here, that means son for son. The cops, the feds, and the Dixie mafia all play a part in the ensuing mayhem.”
Mickle also directed both Mulberry Street and Stake Land.
Paris-based Backup Media, a film consultancy and investor, has unveiled the first financing deals put through on three titles by B Media Global.
Variety reports that, launched last year by Backup, B Media Global is a film fund aimed at bringing Gallic financial know-how and clout to non-French movies made around the globe.
In one of its earliest moves, B Media Global has fully financed Cold in July, the next film by American director Jim Mickle, hot off his English-language remake, We Are What We Are, pictured, which bowed at Sundance. He also directed Mulberry Street and Stakeland.
Produced by Linda Moran and Rene Bastian at New York-based Belladonna, Cold is a character-driven thriller. Mickle rolls on Cold in July.
Sundance Film Festival just kicked off this weekend and one of the first films to play the “Park City At Midnight” portion of the event was Stake Land director Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are. It’s a remake of Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s picture about a family of cannibals that’s been moved from its original setting of Mexico City, to a poor part of the Catskills region in New York State.
If you’re following the fest at all, you may have seen more than a few glowing reviews pop up online after the film’s first screening. I just got off the phone with Mickle, who was on his way into yet another sold out showing of the film. We talked about his approach to remakes, the violence in the film and what he’s got coming up after the fest.
In the film, “A devastating storm washes up clues that lead authorities closer and closer to the cannibalistic Parker family.” Cast includes Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell and Kelly McGillis.
We Are What We Are has several other Sundance screenings coming up. 1/22/2013 @ 6:00 pm at the Egyptian Theatre, 1/25/2013 @ 11:30 pm at Prospector Square Theatre and 1/26/2013 @ 6:00 pm at Broadway Centre Cinema 6. Head inside for the interview! READ MORE
French shingles Wild Side Films and Memento Films are partnering on genre helmer Jim Mickle‘s next two projects: Cold in July and Night Hunter, Variety reports. Wild Side will distribute in France; Memento Films will handle international sales.
Mickle’s previous film, Stake Land, won the Toronto Midnight nod in 2010. The helmer is about to start shooting We Are What We Are, an English-language remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s cult cannibal pic Somos lo que hay, which was pre-sold by Entertainment One for U.S. and U.K. distribution.
An adaptation of Joe R. Landsdale’s novel, the Texas-set Cold in July is described as a suspenser in the vein of A History of Violence and Blood Simple.
Night Hunter is an original script penned by Mickle and his regular scribe partner Nick Damici. Set in 19th-century America, it is described as a mix of The Grey, “Game of Thrones” and The New World.
Cold in July will shoot first, aiming for a start date in Q1 2013.