Scott Walker’s riveting thriller The Frozen Ground, opening in theaters and on demand August 23rd, chronicles the true-life events surrounding Alaska’s most notorious serial predator, Robert Hansen (John Cusack), a respected family man who systematically abducted more than 24 women over a 12-year period and flew them into the Alaskan wilderness to be hunted. But when one principled and dedicated Alaska State Trooper, Sgt. Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage), discovers Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens), Hansen’s only surviving teenage victim alive on the streets of Anchorage, he realizes she’s the key to solving the case and convinces her to help him bring Hansen to justice.
In an exclusive interview, Walker talked about his feature directorial debut, condensing a chilling 13-year story into a dramatic 2-hour film, not wanting to make a typical serial killer movie, the important relationship between Halcombe and Paulson, putting the audience at the center of the action, finding a way to balance the facts while exploring both sides of the story, respecting the real-life people that inspired the film, finding talented actors to play the main roles, his economical shooting style, and the contributions of his creative team. He also revealed his upcoming werewolf comedy, Bullet Blood Wild, and two untitled projects in development he plans to write and direct based on true stories. Hit the jump to check out the rest of the interview: