Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cinemystery: Film Adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's Cold in July in 2014 Sundance Film Festival Competition

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

The film adaptation of the crime thriller Cold in July by Joe R. Lansdale has been selected as one of the featured competition titles at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Jim Mickle from an adapated screenplay by Nick Damici, the film stars Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard as (respectively) Richard Dane and Russel, who must work together after Dane shoots Russel's son during a home robbery. (See more details about the book, below.)

The storyline came to Lansdale while house hunting. "I actually went to a house and saw a bullet hole in the ceiling," he said. "We were thinking about buying a new house. For some reason, that bullet hole bothered me. I thought, 'How did that bullet hole get there?' And I went home at night and began to dream in sequence, strange enough, this entire novel."

The story went through 13 options, but became an orphaned project. Cold in July finally found its studio home. Lansdale has a bit part in the film, and even his daughter, Kasey Lansdale, an accomplished singer and songwriter, has music in the film.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16th through 26th, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

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Cold in July by Joe R. Lansdale

Cold in July
Joe R. Lansdale
A Crime Thriller

Richard Dane shoots and kills a gun-wielding burglar in his living room. It's clearly a case of self-defense, but the dead man's father, Ben Russel, doesn't see it that way. Russel wants to extract Old Testament-style justice: an eye-for-an-eye, a son-for-a-son.

Straightforward menace takes a 90-degree turn, though, when certain unexpected truths come to light, and soon Dane and Russel find themselves working together for a common cause. Their investigation puts them at odds with the cops, the Feds, and the Dixie Mafia, but they're determined to find the answers that lie at the end of a very dark and twisting path.

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