Pineapple Express director to take on ‘Freaks of the Heartland’

by Joey Paur

David Gordon Green has been brought on to direct a horror thriller for Overture films called ‘Freaks of the Heartland' which is based on a graphic novel that was written by Steve Niles. He also wrote '30 Days of Night'. He will also serve as executive producer on the film.

I have heard from a few people that the graphic novel is really good. I have not read it yet will go out and find myself a copy soon. It was illustrated by Greg Ruth and from what I have seen the art is very good.

Freaks of the Heartland is a six-part series that was released in 2004. Under the weathered skies of America's heartland, and in the wounded hearts of every family in one tiny rural town, a terrible secret has been kept for too many years. Now, a young boy named Trevor must try to keep his younger brother Will from falling victim to the worst fears of a troubled town that can't begin to understand the tragic secret that binds its families together. Some folks would call Trevor's brother a monster. But to Trevor, Will is just another kid trapped in a dark reality he can't comprehend. When the situation moves from bad to worse, and their father threatens to do away with Will, Trevor learns that they're not alone - that "freak" children were born to other families in Gristlewood Valley. Against all odds, and with nothing but love for his brother in his heart, Trevor is going to do whatever he can to get the freak children out of harm's way, if it's not already too late.

This sounds like a very good and interesting concept. I know it has freak kids in it, but does that make this story a horror film? It sounds like it has a little deeper type story than a regular horror film, where the parents are the monsters. I don't know, but I can't wait to read it.

This type of story is right up my ally.


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