Basement Now American Crime

An American Crime pic (click to see it bigger!)With the recent news that Moderncine has completed production on their adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door, some have been wondering what the status is on the other film based on the same true story, the Tommy (Ella Enchanted) O’Haver-helmed The Basement.

Since the project was first announced, the film has undergone a title change to the much more appropriate An American Crime and is set to premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. For those unfamiliar, An American Crime is based on the true story of a mother of six who agrees to the burden of one more child as a favor to the girl’s parents, not understanding how it will stetch her already fragile grip on reality. What follows is one of the most hideous crimes ever commited against a child in the U.S., all of it taking place in 1965, a time when America was supposed to be innocent. The story was the inspiration for Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door, probably his most disturbing novel.

Though surely not a film for everyone, First Look still has plans for a relatively wide release of the movie, which stars Cahterine Keener (Capote), Ellen Page (Hard Candy) and James Franco (Spider Man), later this year.

Be sure to hit the film’s IMDB page for a host of new images like the one you see above!

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