Bill Paxton is set to direct a new film based on a novel written by Joe Lansdale called The Bottoms. The story is set in East Texas and follows "an adolescent boy, his little sister, and their father who stumble across the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottom of the Sabine River. The townsfolk cover up the crime until the body of a white woman is found in similar circumstances and it falls to the family to unearth the truth."
The script for the film was written by Brent Hanley who also wrote the 2001 film Frailty, which Paxton also directed. The movie is scheduled to start shooting later this year. Paxton had this to say in a statement,
“I have been a big fan of Joe Lansdale’s writing since the Hap And Leonard novels. His stories and characters are vivid, original and indelible. The screenwriter Brent Hanley and I have been looking to team up again, since Frailty and when we read Joe’s book The Bottoms, we knew we had hit pay dirt. With a story and script this good, we have a chance to make a bonafide classic. I couldn’t be more excited!”
The last film that Paxton directed was The Greatest Game Ever Played in 2005, which starred Shia LaBeouf.