Billy Bob Thornton‘s latest directorial effort, Janye Mansfield’s Car, is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, and now word on his next project has arrived. Variety reports that Thornton will co-write and direct the “ethereal” road movie And Then We Drove. Screenwriter Tom Epperson will co-write the story, which Thornton says is about “a guy who’s on a road trip and picks up this girl along the way, and what happens to them. It’s about the question of life: ‘What is this? Where do I fit in?’” The road trip will take the couple across the U.S. with stops in Los Angeles, the South, New Mexico, and Arizona. Producer Alexander Rodnyansky adds that the movie is partly inspired by Thornton’s tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Angelina Jolie.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car is Thornton’s first feature film in over a decade and I’m eager to hear the word on it out of Berlin. Thornton’s also looking for a distributor who will theatrically release his Willie Nelson documentary, The King of Luck, which premiered at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. Hopefully, he’ll find one soon.