Bill Paxton to adapt Lansdale’s “THE BOTTOMS”


Ever since his strong feature debut, the religious horror film FRAILTY, genre fans have long wondered when Bill Paxton would return to direct another eerie outing (he helmed THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED in 2005). Lo and behold, the time has finally come. Paxton is reteaming with FRAILTY scribe Brent Hanley for an adaptation of Joe Lansdale’s THE BOTTOMS, a racially-charged horror story that follows two Southern children who discover a mutilated body, and the string of murders that follow that may or may not be the work of a local legend named “The Goat Man.”

Paxton says, “I have been a big fan of Joe Lansdale’s writing since the Hap And Leonard novels,” Paxton says. “His stories and characters are vivid, original and indelible. The screenwriter Brent Hanley and I have been looking to team up again, since Frailty and when we read Joe’s book The Bottoms, we knew we had hit pay dirt. With a story and script this good, we have a chance to make a bonafide classic. I couldn’t be more excited!”

Lansdale has always been a genre-friendly author, having penned the wonderfully-adapted BUBBA HO-TEP from Don Coscarelli and most recently providing the source for Jim Mickle’s COLD IN JULY. To continue to see such capable talents take on his work is nothing short of exciting. Considering children and the supernatural are in Paxton and Hanley’s wheelhouse, the material seems like a perfect fit for the pair. Shooting is scheduled for later this year. Keep an eye on Fango for more as it develops.  [Deadline]


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Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel “THE I IN EVIL”, and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.

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