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The Killer Inside Me
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Produced by Bradford L. Schlei
Written by Jim Thompson
Robert Weinbach
Michael Winterbottom
Starring Casey Affleck
Jessica Alba
Kate Hudson
Bill Pullman
Music by Melissa Parmenter
Cinematography Marcel Zyskind
Editing by Mags Arnold
Studio Revolution Films
Hero Entertainment
Indion Entertainment Group
Release date(s) 21 January 2010
Running time 148 minutes
Country USA
Language English

The Killer Inside Me is an film based on the book of the same name by Jim Thompson.[1] The film is directed by Michael Winterbottom and stars Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, and Jessica Alba.[2]



Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) is a pillar of the community in his small Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he's a little slow and maybe boring, but that's the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his "sickness": he is a serial killer. It nearly got him put away when he was younger, but his adopted brother took the rap for his crimes. But now the sickness that has been lying dormant for years is about to surface again and the consequences are brutal and devastating.



Numerous filmmakers have attempted to adapt Thompson's novel into a film since the mid-1950s. 20th Century-Fox originally optioned the project as a possible starring vehicle for Marilyn Monroe around 1956, with Monroe starring as Joyce Lakeland. Marlon Brando was attached to star as Lou Ford. Elizabeth Taylor was considered at the time for the role of Amy Stanton. After Monroe's unexpected death on August 5, 1962, the project was later shelved. In the mid-1980s, there was an attempt to adapt the book into a movie with Tom Cruise as Lou Ford, Brooke Shields as Amy Stanton and Demi Moore as Joyce Lakeland. However, the project was again shelved. However, in the mid-1990s, after the success of Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino was attached to direct the project. Uma Thurman was set to star as Amy Stanton. Juliette Lewis was considered for the part of Joyce Lakeland and Brad Pitt was attached to star as Lou Ford. However, the project fell through again after the September 11 attacks, because the movie script was too violent. Then he scrapped everything and started from scratch. It wasn't until 2003, when Andrew Dominik wrote a highly stylized screenplay, and was at one point to direct it. He hoped the movie would star Leonardo DiCaprio as Lou Ford, Charlize Theron as Amy Stanton and Drew Barrymore as Joyce Lakeland. However, he lost interest in doing a film adaptation of a 1950s novel and instead chose to film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Then Marc Rocco stepped in, and wanted to cast Casey Affleck as Lou Ford, Reese Witherspoon as Amy Stanton and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Joyce Lakeland. However, Rocco dropped out at the last minute and Michael Winterbottom took over the job. At one point, Kate Winslet was slated to star as Amy, but after Winterbottom met with Kate Hudson he was convinced that no one else could replace her.[7]


The Killer Inside Me premiered on January 24, 2010 at Sundance Film Festival.[8] In January 2010, IFC Films saved the rights of the film for around $ 1.5 million[9] and announced the theatrical and VOD platforms release for summer 2010.[10] It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.[11][12]


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