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 almost 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 nice avenger movies of the ’70s will heart on a serial killer who solely kills those that need to 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 by 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 acquired the prospect. Lastly, I wrote a narrative that took the style in a complete new path,” mentioned McNaughton. “Michael Rooker as Stony; he drives a truck… and he kills folks. Stony is the final word serial killer… with a twist, and he is going residence 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 Impartial 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 12 months.

“With Highway Rage, John McNaughton and Michael Rooker intention as soon as once more to create a transgressive and stunning movie that may exist on the reducing fringe of artwork and style,” mentioned Perell. “As Henry was forward of its time, so Highway Rage might 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 recreation, 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 embody 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 Impartial 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 embody Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Occasion of the Century and several other titles nonetheless beneath wraps. Previous tasks embody John Cameron Mitchell’s Cannes sensation shortbus, Final Probability 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.

Identified for its pedigree in creating award successful AAA and indie recreation experiences throughout platforms, iNK Tales was based by Rockstar Video games alum Navid Khonsari, who established the appear and feel for such main recreation franchises as GTA, Purple 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 industrial success. The corporate has additionally solid collaborations with the likes of Capcom, Microsoft, Paramount, and Google to supply 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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