Looks like Billy Bob Thornton is set with cast and financing for his next directorial effort, Jayne Mansfield’s Car. But it also looks like neither of the recently reported additions, Dennis Quaid and Dwight Yoakam, might be in the movie. Get the full new roster after the break. Read More »

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Billy Bob Thornton hasn’t written and directed a film in almost ten years, and to hear him tell it, that’s in part because he’s a bit detached from the current film scene. But he and prior collaborator Tom Epperson (with whom he wrote The Gift and One False Move) have written a new script called Jayne Mansfield’s Car, which Mr. Thornton plans to star in as well as direct. In a new interview to promote Faster, he gives up the first details about the new project. Read More »

Billy Bob Thornton‘s directorial career has described an odd path. He broke out in a big way with his feature expansion of Sling Blade (from the short Some Call it a Sling Blade, directed by the late George Hickenlooper) and then went through the Weinstein wringer with All the Pretty Horses. His last film was Daddy & Them in 2001.

In the years since, he’s talked about possible new directorial projects. While promoting The Astronaut Farmer he mentioned wanting to make a documentary and expressed continued interest in making a biopic about Kentucky cave explorer Floyd Collins. (Also the subject of a critically-acclaimed stage musical in 1994.)

Now he says he’s got a script called Jayne Mansfield’s Car that he’d like to direct, and he also expresses lingering interest in a sequel to the vulgar and terrifically funny holiday comedy Bad Santa. Read More »

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