AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Director David Lowery to Helm Adaptation of TORSO

     April 17, 2013

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A feature film adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko graphic novel Torso might actually be coming to fruition after all.  The comic tells the true story of Eliot Ness’ time in Cleveland after bringing down Al Capone, where he got involved in a hunt for a serial killer who was leaving behind torsos and taunting letters to the police.  The pic has been in development for quite some time, with a number of filmmakers taking a stab at the material over the years like David Fincher and Todd McFarlane.  Fincher’s version came the closest to reality, and he had Matt Damon attached to star but Paramount balked at the last minute due budget concerns and Fincher’s decision to do the film in black and white.

With the rights to Torso now firmly in Bendis and Andreyko’s hands, the duo has tapped filmmaker David Lowery to direct an indie version of the serial killer story.  Hit the jump for more.

torso-book-coverPer THR, David Lowery has been tapped to write and direct the feature film adaptation of Torso.  The project is apparently starting from scratch, with Bendis and Andreyko producing a lower-budgeted, indie iteration of the film that “will aim to be a high-minded, period serial killer movie.”  The team is foregoing the studio route, and the film will instead be produced by Bendis and Andreyko as well as the production shingle Circle of Confusion, which is behind AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Lowery has worked for years as an editor, but his most recent directorial effort is the well-received, Terrence Malick-esque period drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which premiered this past January at the Sundance Film Festival.  He recently signed on to pen a reimagining of Pete’s Dragon for Disney and is attached to direct The Old Man and the Gun with Robert Redford starring, but he seems like an inspired choice to finally get the ball rolling on Torso.

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