If you're a film person, you have no doubt been following all the journalists and bloggers as they tweet their little hearts out about all the fun they're having at Sundance. One of the more talked about films was Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me, a remake of a 1976 film based on the 1952 Jim Thompson novel of the same name.
The film follows Casey Affleck as the sheriff of a small Texas town who slowly reveals himself to be a psychotic killer. Also starring Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson and Simon Baker, The Killer Inside Me has been mired in controversy since its first screening at Sundance. Star Jessica Alba walked out halfway, and the second screening was met with outraged festival goers who demanded Winterbottom explain why the film featured such graphic and seemingly realistic depictions of physical and sexual violence against women.
Proving the old adage "there's no such thing as bad publicity," Shock Till You Drop by way of Variety is reporting that this ultra-violent adaptation has been picked up for distribution by the inimitable IFC Films. This choice seems ideal for IFC, as they were the company that picked up Antichrist (review), Lars von Trier's sexually explicit and ultra graphic thriller starring William Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
The rights to the film were sold for about $1.5 million, and IFC intends to release the film theatrically and through their Video-on-Demand service this summer. The Killer Inside Me was written by John Curran and produced by Andrew Eaton, Chris Hanley and Brad Schlei.