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Werner Herzog Directing School Shooting Satire 'Vernon God Little'

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October 22, 2012
Source: Variety

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Though he is playing the villain opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher later this year, Werner Herzog is heading back behind the camera very soon. Variety reports that the multi-hyphenate's next project will be directing Vernon God Little, a satire based on D.B.C. Pierre's novel of the same name. After a high school shooting in which sixteen people are killed, a boy named Vernon Little—whose best friend was the shooter, but turned the gun on himself after the deed—is blamed for the crime. With the press out for blood, he bails to Mexico in what Amazon calls "a riotously funny look at violence, materialism, and the American media."

This sounds like a perfect fit for German filmmaker Werner Herzog, who certainly isn't afraid to take on provocative material. Considering his recent output as a director, specifically Into the Abyss and On Death Row (both of which involved explorations of injustice, capital punishment, and the prison system), it's fitting that he'd tackle a narrative that touches on some of the same subject matter. It's reminiscent of the time he directed Little Dieter Needs to Fly before adapting those real life events into the excellent feature film Rescue Dawn a few years later. Vernon God Little is being written by Andrew Birkin (Perfume, Name of the Rose). There's no other details available regarding a start date yet, but we will keep an eye on this one.

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  • beevis
    you know - i'm more confused every day with what IS and what ISN'T allowed. "gangster squad had to remove a scene due to recent shootings. but it's ok for WH to do a satire on school shootings that is described as "a riotously funny look at violence, materialism, and the American media." these are strange times.
  • LV 426
    Wow, loved the book its so not right in so many ways, sick, twisted but more importantly funny as fuck even tho the content can be quite bleek. Always had the coen brothers in mind if this book was ever to be truned in to film...... small town texas with strange n weird characters plus the sleezey reporter who shaggin verons mum and her really fat freinds :o) to get any info should be played by bill paxton or that dude who played napoleon dynamite's uncle!! Anyway cant wait to see how this turns out because the book is so brilliant got D.B.C. Pierre's other book for crimbo last which i aint got around to reading yet but will do... Lights out in wonderland!!

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