Hold up. No one told me about the adaptation of Jim Thompson's classic The Killer Inside Me. A true '50s noir, Thompson's book is a bite-your-nails tale about a Texas sheriff's deputy who is also the town murderer. He's calm and cool on the outside and a brutal killer on the inside. And yes, it's also a song by MC 900 FT Jesus.

I'm down with that, since the younger and less chinny Affleck proved his chops in Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse Ford by the Coward Robert Ford, although IMDb pro also lists him as the director of "Untitled Joaquin Phoenix Documentary," so we've got him to thank for that sh*tshow. Bill Pullman and awesomely creepy Elias Koteas (Crash) also star.

On the other hand, the rest of the cast is a uneven, and this particular adaptation has quite the long back story. Kate Hudson plays Lou's good-girl girlfriend Amy Stanton, while Jessica Alba is Joyce Lakeland, a prostitute who digs Lou's ugly side. And then there's Simon Baker, star of TV's "The Mentalist" and films like Sex and Death 101 and The Devil Wears Prada, Something New, Land of the Dead, and The Ring Two, as the small-town lawyer out to get Lou.

Another possible bad portent is that Marc Rocco was originally going to direct, and then Winterbottom replaced him. Dominic Sena was reported to be on board to direct in 2002, but then Andrew Dominik wrote a script for it in 2003 and was going to direct until Tom Cruise (?!) took a pass on the film. (Wow, Tom Cruise as a sociopath and misogynist Texan killer? The mind reels.)

I'm growing suspicious but still, the other adaptations of Jim Thompson tales, like After Dark, My Sweet and The Grifters were excellent, so maybe something cool will come of this after all. I hope so, because I do love me some '50s noir.