Details Emerge for Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’


by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Lars von Trier does fucked up films.

There’s no other way to say it. When you watch a film from LvT you don’t come out the other end the same person as when you entered. Which is why his next project, The House That Jack Built, is intriguing me.

Originally developed as a TV series, von Trier said earlier this year that he was going to develop it as a film instead. And now new details have emerged out of Cannes that make it sound too good to pass up.

Variety spoke with head producer Louise Vesth and she said all the right things to pique my interest:

It will be a serial killer movie like you’ve never seen before. He wants to be able to change it between periods of shooting because when we’ll have done the body of the film in the Fall, he will then go edit it and he sees how he can combine the murders.

He calls it the five incidents, which is the murder cases and then he has a lot of digressions in between to connect the story, in a similar way as in Nymphomaniac.

The film is set to take place over the course of ten to twelve years of the killer’s life and will have a setting of Washington.

It’s going to be hard to deliver something in a serial killer film that hasn’t been done already, but if Lars von Trier wants to put his unique stamp on this already tired genre I’m interested to see what he can do.

Filming is scheduled to start this August. No release date has been scheduled as of yet.

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