Now here are two names that sound good together: author Joe Lansdale and actor Peter Dinklage. Curious what they’re up to? Then read on because Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang has announced the development of Joe Lansdale’s acclaimed crime thriller The Thicket, starring Peter Dinklage.
The film will be produced by Nunnari along with Dinklage and his longtime manager, David Ginsberg, who will be producing through their newly formed production company. Shannon Gaulding, who works with Nunnari, will also serve as producer on the project.
The Thicket has been hailed as one of the best American crime novels to emerge in recent years. Set in tough, turbulent, and feral East Texas in the early 20th century, this dark thriller follows the story of Jack, an innocent young man, who goes on an epic quest to rescue his sister after she has been kidnapped by a violent killer, Cut Throat Bill, and his gang.
Jack enlists the help of a crafty bounty hunter named Shorty (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave, and a street-smart prostitute. Together they track the girl into the deadly no-man’s land known as The Big Thicket – a place where blood and chaos reign.
“That Joe Lansdale’s dark vision will be brought to life by the brilliantly talented Peter Dinklage starring as Shorty – it is a dream of mine,” said Nunnari. “This is the kind of original movie with edge and style that Hollywood Gang is hungry for; luckily we found all these things in The Thicket. We cannot wait to share this movie with audiences around the world.”
The New York Times Book Review called The Thicket “as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm–or Mark Twain.” It was named by the Library Journal as one of the Best Historical Fiction Novels of 2013.
“Completely original,” said Dinklage. “The characters and the world they inhabit jumped from the pages for me in such a cinematic way.”
Lansdale is the winner of nine Bram Stoker Awards and two NY Times Notable Book Awards.