British director Ken Russell has always had a pretty strange reputation -- I mean, this is the guy who made Tommy and Altered States. Russell was known for his bizarre use of religious and sexual imagery in his films -- anyone who has seen Crimes of Passion can attest to that. In spite of his status as a pioneer of the 'X' rating, Russell is considered one of England's great directors.

Production Weekly announced that Russell has been attached to direct Kings X, starring Ray Winstone and Kevin Spacey. The director also must be feeling sentimental, as he has also cast 60's icon Twiggy, who he worked with on his first American film (The Boy Friend). Kings X is currently in pre-production in the UK.

The Chris Cleverly script sounds like your typical crime fare with low-level thugs, drugs and hookers -- oh, and don't forget a pretty girl in danger. Although, it does have the added kitsch of a protagonist who has a thing for recording his life on a cell phone camera, so I would expect some fancy camera tricks on Russell's part.

[via ComingSoon.net]