Coming off of the heels of the numerous Oscar nominations for The Favourite including Best Picture, Greek film, theater, and video writer and director Yorgos Lanthimos seems to be set on his next project. It will be an adaptation of American author Jim Thompson’s 1964 novel Pop. 1280. The director also known for films such as The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer has his next project homed at Imperative Entertainment, while Element Pictures will produce with both Lanthimos and Imperative.
The novel Pop. 1280 follows an extremely corrupt sheriff by the name of Nick Corey. He doesn’t enforce the law and could care less, but even amid his gluttony, sloth, and sex with women he considers easy, Corey hides a number of real problems. He is being bugged by a pair of local pimps and his girlfriend’s husband is on her back. An election is coming up and Corey looks to stay sheriff of Potts County, so he will do whatever it takes to get his way. It has been considered a classic of the mid 20th century, and its story seems fit to Lanthimos’ style of unique and sometimes off-putting storytelling.
The project is in its extremely early stages with Lanthimos currently occupied by award season, but it will be interesting to see if his new project can carry the momentum of his current rush of fame.