Yorgos Lanthimos to Write and Direct Pop. 1280

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Considering his idiosyncratic sensibilities and slyly subversive filmography, many of us have been very curious to see what Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos might do to follow up his Oscar-nominated film The Favourite. It has certainly become his most successful and most accessible movie to date, but it is also the first movie he did not co-write himself. As it turns out, his next movie will be based on someone else’s source material as well although he will still be the one penning the script. Lanthimos has reportedly signed on to write and direct an adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1964 crime novel Pop. 1280. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, Yorgos Lanthimos will write and direct Pop. 1280 for Imperative Entertainment and Element Pictures. The former is the company behind The Mule and All the Money in the World, while the latter has worked with Lanthimos on The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Favourite. Ryan Friedkin (Arizona) will produce along with Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney (Room, The Lobster) plus John Alan Simon (Radio Free Albemuth) of Discovery Productions.

The plot revolves around a small-town sheriff who appears to be lazy and incompetent but who slowly reveals himself to be a cunning psychopath. It has been described as both hilarious and nasty and it carries a strong social commentary as well. Perhaps not surprisingly, Lanthimos himself has been a big fan of the book for many years. Several of Jim Thompson’s books have been adapted for the screen over the years including The Getaway, The Grifters and The Killer Inside Me (the latter of which was particularly controversial). This particular story was previously adapted as the 1981 French film Coup de Torchon, directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Are you looking forward to Pop. 1280?

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  • Sam

    Sweet. A reason to finally force myself to read this as its been like one of 10 books I have on a “to read next” shelf for about a year.