After the sale of '30 Days of Night' Hollywood went into a feeding frenzy buying up Steve Niles' properties. So far nothing has been rushed into development like the conceptually brilliant vampire story, but one of our favorite Steve Niles comics picked up a director today.
'Freaks of the Heartland' will be directed by David Gordon Green of 'Pineapple Express' and 'Snow Angels' fame. The film currently has a script by newcomers Peter Sattler and Geoff Davey. Overture Films picked up the film rights from the book's publisher Dark Horse Comics.
Published as a six-issue series in 2004 and Illustrated by Greg Ruth, 'Freaks' is a Steinbeck-influenced tale about a boy struggling to save his monstrous younger brother from their abusive parents. The pair encounter band with a number of other "freak" children as they travel through a rural American landscape trying to avoid the torment of their fearful parents.
Green and Dark Horse Entertainment president Mike Richardson are producing. Niles, is executive producing.
Overture COO Danny Rosett, who worked with Green on his 2004 film "Undertow" when Rosett was at United Artists, pre-emptively purchased the rights for the company.