Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood A-List Directors Return to Indie Roots with Glasshouse Pictures

Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood A-List Directors Return to Indie Roots with Glasshouse Pictures

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EXCLUSIVE: Mikael Håfström, the director currently in post on The Tomb starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger for Summit, plans to direct low-budget comedy thriller Snitch Jacket next.

Håfström, whose most recent release was New Line's The Rite, hopes to direct the sub-$3 million Snitch Jacket in spring 2013 once he comes off the $70 million The Tomb. Sean Bates has written the screenplay based on Los Angeles Times journalist Christopher Goffard's novel. Snitch Jacket follows Benny, a misfit loser who finds himself accused of double murder after he gets in cahoots with a psychopathic ex-Vietnam veteran.

Producer Brett Walsh of Los Angeles-based Glasshouse Pictures pitches it as "The Usual Suspects meets The Sopranos." Casting director Richard Mento and Håfström's producing partner Kelly Dennis will co-produce.

Meanwhile fellow A-list director Anand Tucker -- who is making big budget feature Truckers for DreamWorks Animation - has also gone with Glasshouse to direct a sub-$2 million English-language remake of Japanese film Nobody Knows (2004). The Japanese original picked up Best Actor at Cannes. …

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