Nicolas Cage Teaming with Richard Kelly for 'Amicus' Crime Thriller
It's a match made in heaven. Writer and director Richard Kelly has made a career out of creepy sci-fi thrillers like The Box, Southland Tales and Donnie Darko while Nicolas Cage has made a career out of just being creepy most of the time. Now Variety reports the two talents are coming together for Amicus, a true crime thriller with Cage playing Rodney Smolla, a prominent First Amendment scholar and attorney who was part of a complicated and bizarre historical murder case in the 90s which took five years to settle. As one might expect with Kelly, the film has quite a lot of details, including a story spanning 25 years. Read on!
Here's a rundown of the case and the events which Kelly's film will cover:
"[Amicus] is based on the true story of Lawrence Horn, a former record producer and Motown Records exec who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for hiring Detroit-based hit man James Perry to murder his wife, quadriplegic son and the wealthy family's overnight nurse at their suburban home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Horn's son was the victim of medical malpractice and as the result of a subsequent lawsuit, had a trust worth nearly $2 million, which his father stood to inherit in the wake of his death.
Detectives discovered that Perry, who was sentenced to death in 1995 for the brutal crime, used how-to book "Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors" as a guide to execute the murders. The families of the victims went on to file a class-action lawsuit against the Colorado-based publisher Paladin Press.
The attorneys representing the families then hired Smolla, a First Amendment attorney and professor at William & Mary Law School, to consult on the historic case, which took five years to settle amidst a series of shocking and bizarre developments."
Sounds like quite an interesting legal drama and it might be the first film from Kelly since Domino that doesn't have a strange sci-fi element. The film is expected to begin production in Atlanta this January. Originally the thriller Corpus Christi was supposed to be Kelly's next film but the cast never came together. Perhaps it's fate that Cage and Kelly are finally working together since the filmmaker was once attached to helm Knowing. This will be the first legal drama for both names as Cage has never played a lawyer and Kelly has never directed a true crime thriller. It should be an interesting collaboration.