Werner Herzog Directing School Shooting Satire 'Vernon God Little'
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.