Saturday, January 30, 2010

IFC Acquires US Distribution Rights to Adaptation of Jim Thompson's Noir Thriller The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that IFC Films has acquired the US rights to the film adaptation of pulp novelist Jim Thompson's 1952 thriller The Killer Inside Me. According to THR, the violent, provocative film screened last week to a noisy audience, some of whom were offended by the cold-blooded beatings of characters. A release is planned this summer.

Thompson's work has previously been adapted for the screen, including the 1972 film The Getaway and the 1990 film The Grifters, and even The Killer Inside Me, a 1976 film starring Stacy Keach.

About the film (from the studio press release): The Killer Inside Me tells the story of handsome, charming, unassuming small town sheriff’s deputy named Lou Ford (played by Casey Affleck). The film takes place in an idyllic West Texas town in the early 1950’s. As a lifelong resident, Ford has difficulty juggling his long-term girlfriend Amy (Kate Hudson), the prostitute named Joyce (Jessica Alba) that he mistakenly falls for, and the sociopathic tendencies inside him. In Thompson’s savage, bleak, blacker than noir universe, nothing is ever what it seems.

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