The film, which is based on a novel by Robert Cormier, is about an 18-year-old serial killer (!) who becomes entangled with a young runaway (In the book, she's 15; according to Variety, it's 16 -- is the latter legal in some states, or something?) who has some issues of her own. Crowe will play "a cop who sets out to unravel [the boy's] complex past."
Production begins next month and must wrap up by July, when shooting is scheduled to begin on Crowe's next big-budget extravaganza, the much-discussed American Gangster.