I always joked with writer Steve Niles that one day, I’d like to direct an adaptation of his comic book FREAKS OF THE HEARTLAND. It’s my all-time favorite story from the creator of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT. But alas, a director that has been tapped for the film version and I reluctantly approve.
The Hollywood Reporter says that David Gordon Green (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, SNOW ANGELS) will direct FREAKS OF THE HEARTLAND for Overture Films. The script was adapted from Niles graphic novel by screenwriters Peter Sattler and Geoff Davey. Green and Dark Horse Entertainment president Mike Richardson are producing. Niles, who also wrote "30 Days of Night," is executive producing. Illustrated by Greg Ruth, Niles’ six-part 2004 series about the horrible secret of a rural Middle American town involves Trevor Owen’s attempts to protect his "monster" of a 6-year-old younger brother and Gristlewood Valley’s other "freaks" from their parents’ worst instincts.
Overture is on a role with interesting horror projects. Also on their slate are remakes of George A. Romero’s THE CRAZIES (being helmed by Breck Eisner) and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (directed by CLOVERFIELD director Matt Reeves). If you haven’t read FREAKS OF THE HEARTLAND, search out the graphic novel!
No word on Green’s proposed SUSPERIA remake, but we’ll keep you posted!