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Marc Rocco to Adapt Jim Thompson's "Killer"

Gritty noir violence continues its juicy comeback. Director Marc Rocco is preparing a project based on the 1952 Jim Thompson crime thriller "The Killer Inside Me." Robert Weinbach has scripted a draft, and Rocco says the financing deal should soon be inked, with casting TDB for a fall start date.

"I loved the idea of filming a beautiful small town and adding an antihero who is right out of the films of the 1970s," Rocco is quoted as saying in Variety. "We will put him into a post-9/11 world, and one interesting layer to the script is how much technology has changed the definition of a small town."

Thompson's story is about a kindly Texas deputy sheriff in a West Texas town who turns out to be an out-of-control serial killer. This won't be the first time the material was previously made into a film: a 1976 effort starred Stacy Keach.

Other Thompson books that have made the leap to the Silver Screen include "After Dark, My Sweet," and "The Grifters."


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Posted by Jim Gilbert on January 30, 2007 06:44 PM
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