Michael Rooker Reteams With ‘Portrait Of A Serial Killer’ Helmer For ‘Highway Rage’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Rooker is reteaming together with his Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John McNaughton for the primary time in practically 4 many years on a brand new movie titled Highway Ragewhich is meant to be the primary in a collection.

The movie within the vein of Dexter and the good avenger movies of the ’70s will middle on a serial killer who solely kills those that should die—presenting a contemporary hero who’s a foul man gone good, defending the harmless and punishing the responsible. Tim Perell will produce the vigilante thriller via his banner his, Course of Media. Along with the movie, Course of Media will companion with the BAFTA-nominated leisure studio iNK Tales, to develop a Highway Rage online game—offering an interactive expertise during which audiences can take part within the expanded story world.

“I would wished to work with Michael Rooker once more since, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, however we by no means bought the possibility. Lastly, I wrote a narrative that took the style in a complete new course,” stated McNaughton. “Michael Rooker as Stony; he drives a truck… and he kills folks. Stony is the last word serial killer… with a twist, and he is going dwelling now after twenty years to settle a rating from the previous.”

Rooker and Naughton’s career-launching 1986 movie, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, adopted Henry (Rooker), who upon arriving in Chicago, moved in with ex-con acquaintance Otis (Tom Towles) and began education him within the methods of the serial killer. Naughton cowrote and directed the pic, which proved an enormous crossover hit with style followers, in addition to the artwork home crowd, successful prime awards at each the Sitges and Brussels Worldwide Movie Festivals and securing six noms on the 1991 Unbiased Spirit Award, together with two which acknowledged McNaughton and Rooker individually. Time Journal and Roger Ebert each named Henry one of many prime ten movies of the yr.

“With Highway Rage, John McNaughton and Michael Rooker goal as soon as once more to create a transgressive and surprising movie that can exist on the reducing fringe of artwork and style,” stated Perell. “As Henry was forward of its time, so Highway Rage will likely be forward of this time; each a disturbing and exhilarating reflection of up to date American tradition.”

Navid Khonsari and Vassiliki Khonsari, cofounders of iNK Tales added, “We’re excited to work with John and Tim on growing a genre-bending sport, with a feminist perspective on the American phenomenon of a serial killer.”

Rooker kicked off a storied profession spanning 5 many years with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and is at the moment identified world wide for his position of Yondu within the Guardians of the Galaxy collection, Merle on The Strolling Lifeless, and roles in Suicide Squad and F9.

Along with Henry: Portrait of a Serial KillerJohn McNaughton’s movies embrace Mad Canine and Glorystarring Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Invoice Murray, and Wild Issuesstarring Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, and Matt Dillon.

The recipient of an Unbiased Spirit Award for producing, Perell has been making movies for 4 many years, and for the previous a number of years has taught movie at Johns Hopkins College. Upcoming releases embrace Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Get together of the Century and several other titles nonetheless underneath wraps. Previous initiatives embrace John Cameron Mitchell’s Cannes sensation shortbus, Final Likelihood Harvey starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Biggest Dad starring Robin Williams, and 5 movies with director Bart Freundlich together with Belief the Man and Wolves.

Recognized for its pedigree in creating award successful AAA and indie sport experiences throughout platforms, iNK Tales was based by Rockstar Video games alum Navid Khonsari, who established the appear and feel for such main sport franchises as GTA, Crimson Lifeless, and Max Payne. iNK’s narrative unique titles—1979 Revolution, blindfold, Hearth Escape and Hero—have captured the business’s prime honors, widespread crucial acclaim, and international business success. The corporate has additionally cast collaborations with the likes of Capcom, Microsoft, Paramount, and Google to provide indies and business blockbusters like Alan Wake, Homefront, and Resident Evil 7amongst others.

Rooker is represented by Gersh and Hyperlink Leisure; McNaughton by Gersh.

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