Bill Paxton, soon to be seen on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, is wearing the director’s cap again for “The Bottoms”.
Based on the book by Joe Lansdale, the film reunites the actor cum filmmaker with his “Frailty” screenwriter Brent Hanley.
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The Edgar Award winning, racially-themed novel is set in East Texas and follows an adolescent boy, his little sister, and their father who stumble across the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottom of the Sabine River. The townsfolk cover up the crime until the body of a white woman is found in similar circumstances and it falls to the family to unearth the truth.
“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!”
Paradise City, the production label of Memento Films International, are financing.
“We’ve been obsessed with The Bottoms since we first read it,” says Paradise City’s Nicholas Shumaker. “We are huge fans of Frailty so we were beyond thrilled to find out that Paxton has wanted this to be his next directorial project for some time. We’re excited to work with him, and to continue to do our part to bring the works of Joe Lansdale to screens around the world following the success of Cold In July (also based on a book by Lansdale).”