Here's the thing about Lars von Trier: as talented a director as he may be, my man has all but pigeonholed himself as a director of easily-digested fluff. When you think of romantic comedies, you think Antichrist. When you're in the mood for a wacky sex farce, you put on Nymphomaniac. Feel like unwinding with a light musical romp? Von Trier's got your back with Dancer In The Dark. That's just how Lars "Feel Good" von Trier does.
But what if the Clown Prince of Denmark decided to go dark? As hard as it is to imagine, that's exactly what's going to happen. Per Variety:
Star Danish helmer Lars von Trier is preparing to shoot English-language serial killer thriller The House That Jack Built in August.
Set in Washington, The House That Jack Built revolves around a serial killer. The story is told from his perspective and takes place over ten to twelve years.
According to Variety, The House That Jack Built was originally developed as a TV series (probably as part of von Trier's overall production deal with Nickelodeon), but earlier this year the director decided he'd instead direct the project as his next feature.
Zentropa's lead producer, Louise Vesth, promises "a serial killer film like you've never seen before", and explains that the film will have a structure similar to Nymphomaniac:
"(Von Trier) calls it the five incidents, which is the murder cases and then he has a lot of digressions in between to connect the story.'”
Oh, man. I don't know about you guys, but I'm already giggling just thinking about all the madcap hijinks von Trier has planned for us.
The House That Jack Built films later this year. Stay tuned for updates.