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David Mackenzie to direct George Simenon adaptation THE STAIN ON THE SNOW

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 16th, 2011

Apparently director David Mackenzie is one hell of a prolific filmmaker.

With both PERFECT SENSE and the romance drama YOU INSTEAD set to make a bow this year, the Scottish filmmaker has just nabbed himself yet another directorial gig.

Screen Daily has revealed (via The Playlist) that Mackenzie will be directing an adaptation of Georges Simenon’s crime novel, The Stain On The Snow. The novel follows a “thief, pimp and murderer. He has never known his father, his mother keeps a brothel. His mind is cold and inhospitable. But Simenon reveals the obsession with self-torture that lurks within it, and explores the intricate psychology of a young criminal, even lending the repellent Frank a chilling grandeur as he faces remorseless interrogation and his fate.”

This is just one of many apparent projects the director has in store, including an adaptation of Toby Litt’s novel, Journey Into Space, but honestly, this is far and away the most intriguing. The premise is really compelling, kind of in the same way a film like THE AMERICAN worked, and if this is half as good as that Anton Corbijn film, we are in for something special.

I have not seen Mackenzie’s recent work (PERFECT SENSE played Sundance to solid notices, you can read our review here), but the premise alone here really has this writer interested.

What do you think?

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