Good news for Joe R. Lansdale fans: his savagely seasoned suspense novel Cold in July (which, if you haven't read, you should; it has made my list of the best top 25 suspense thrillers of the 20th Century), is slated to be director Jim Mickle's next film. Via Deadline:
“It was important to us to find partners on the movie who would help us create an environment for Jim, where he would be protected and be able to excel as a filmmaker,” Linda Moran and Rene Bastian from Belladonna said. “We are very happy to have found the full support of the Backup/MFI team.”For Backup Media, this marks a growing determination to put equity into English-language films; in previous investments they provided debt. “We are very proud Cold In July is the first film for which Backup has provided one-stop film financing,” a Backup rep said. “We truly believe Belladonna/MFI/Mickle are the ideal team for us to extend our investment framework.”
Hopefully this will be every bit as good as Don Coscarelli's cult classic Bubba Ho-Tep.
Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. A member of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop, his work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Tell-Tale Press, Skull Fragments: A Skelos Sampler, Rick Klaw's Rayguns Over Texas!, Nova Express, Moving Pictures, Her Majesty's Secret Servant, and Revolution SF. His film column "Watching the Future" appeared each month at Hugo Award-winning SF Signal.
He lives in Central Texas.