Billy Bob Thornton hasn’t directed a non-documentary since 2001’s Daddy and Them. That’s kind of a shame, because it seems like the guy could be pretty good at it. Dude made Sling Blade after all. I take it as good news then, that Thornton has a cast in place and funding secured for his next feature Jayne Mansfield’s Car. Not much is known about the film yet, but Thornton co-wrote the script with his writing partner Tom Epperson, and it’s said to be about two families from different parts of the world experiencing a culture clash in 1969. Young actor John Patrick Amedori is set to star in the film and names like Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, Ray Stevenson, John Hurt, Dwight Yoakam, and Dennis Quaid are locked in to round out the cast. That’s a ridiculously impressive list of actors, but where are all the ladies? Perhaps that’s a mystery for another day.
What’s not a mystery is who’s ponying up all the dough to get this thing made. The film is being funded by AR Films, whose principal, the guy getting the producer credit, is Alexander Rodynyansky. Rodynyansky is the founder of the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 and the former CEO of CTC Media, who own a ton of things and have produced a bunch of television and film projects overseas. Of this project Rodynyansky says, “I’ve started to look for opportunities in America, and this is definitely not a single picture strategy. When I read that script, I fell in love with it. I was a fan of Sling Blade and Billy Bob’s other movies. No matter where you are making movies, it’s all about the script.” I like what this guy has to say, and his name and list of credentials alone make me think that he’s probably a lot like a real life James Bond villain. I give this project an enthusiastic endorsement, how about you?
Source: Deadline Cedar Lake