Freaks of the Heartland, by Steve Niles

Two of my favorite people in the industry, Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green and 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles are teaming up in a big way for Overture Films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Green has signed on to direct an adaptation of the graphic novel “Freaks of the Heartland,” which was written by Steve Niles with art by Greg Ruth. The graphic novel, which is a six-part series that debuted in 2004, follows the story of a rural American town with a horrible secret. At the center of it all is Trever Owen, a teen who tries to protect is very ‘special’ six year old brother and the town’s other ‘freaks’ from the best intentions of the parents.

While I have not read “Freaks of the Heartland,” I can assure that it is now on my list of books to pick up. I’ve been a fan of Steve Niles’ writing since discovering him in the run up to the release of 30 Days of Night, and I’ve since become entrenched in “Bad Planet,” his cooperative project with Punisher star Thomas Jane. As for David Gordon Green, he’s been on my radar since All the Real Girls — and no, I don’t claim to have been on the DGG bandwagon since George Washington. I’m just not that savvy. Either way, he’s a damn fine director, a fact that so many people only recently discovered with the release of Pineapple Express, a film that took the Apatow game and gave it a more authentic feel.

Another thing I would like to point out is that it is good to see Overture Films going after some original genre material — this is the studio that is currently in active development on the Let the Right One In remake, with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, as well as the reinvention of George Romero’s classic work The Crazies, with Sahara director Breck Eisner. I was beginning to believe that they, like many other studios, weren’t able to handle ideas that had not previously been committed to film. Looks like I was wrong, thankfully.


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