New Casting Updates For Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son
by Alex Billington
February 8, 2009
Even though his been making films since 1962, German director Werner Herzog is still making more of them every year. He's already finished shooting Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, his remake of Harvey Keitel's Bad Lieutenant, and is in pre-production on a new psychological thriller called My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done. In addition to Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe and Chloe Sevigny, actors Michael Pena, Brad Dourif and Bill Cobbs have joined the cast of My Son. Newcomer Eric Bassett is producing and David Lynch is executive producing the project, which started shooting a few weeks ago.
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done is loosely based on the true story of a San Diego man who experiences a series of mystifying events, including acting out a Sophocles play in his mind, that lead him to brutally murder his own mother with a sword. It's being described as more of a horror film, with Herzog saying, "I always wanted to make a horror film, but not with bloody axes and chain-saws. An anonymous fear should rather creep up at you." This is first time I've heard about this Herzog and Lynch co-production and I'm quite intrigued. Sounds like a great story and it has a great cast, so we'll keep our eyes open for more.