Another top-tier director dipping into gritty genre entertainment. Life is sweet. Film School Rejects says Andrew Dominik is putting his Marilyn project on hold to focus first on a crime thriller. Set to begin filming in January, the director of The Assassination of Jesse James is teaming up once again with Casey Affleck whose cagey offhand announcement makes it all the more intriguing:
When questioned specifically about what Dominik and he were working on, he only revealed that it‚Äôs an adaptation of a crime novel that is set in Boston, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if I‚Äôm allowed to talk about it, but it‚Äôs a Boston-based crime‚Ä¶ It‚Äôs based on a novel set in Boston, but it‚Äôs not going to be set in Boston, unfortunately.‚Äù
Boston has no shortage of first-class crime writers, from Robert B Parker to current cross-over superstar Dennis Lehane. Likewise Boston’s mob roots run deep, providing the seedy backdrop for numerous knockout crime films, from The Friends of Eddie Coyle to The Departed and now The Town. Affleck hints that the movie is based on a novel set in Boston but says the film takes place somewhere else. Hard to imagine removing the best of Southie crime fiction from its environs, though I can think of two Boston authors whose books are begging to be put on film. These are wild guesses out of thin air, but I’d love to think the new Andrew Dominik’s new film might be inspired by Dave Zeltserman’s Small Crimes.
Not only does the novel have clean, simple prose, ample suspense and twists, and a fast-paced plot; it also offers brilliant psychological insight into tortured souls, and on a deeper level, it is a moralistic tale about how small crimes beget larger ones.