Well, it’s Friday and this little tidbit of news feels just about perfect as the weekend heads our way. Vincent D’Onofrio, George R.R. Martin, and Joe R. Lansdale have teamed up to adapt Howard Waldrop’s 1987 sci-fi story, Night of the Cooters, into a short film.
I’ll give you a second to let that all settle.
Okay, so here’s what we know:
Night of the Cooters is the title story of a collection by Howard Waldrop which recounts the night that “aliens invade Pachuco, Texas” according to George R.R. Martin. Of course, they weren’t quite expecting the resistance they found in a tiny Texas town led by Sheriff Lindley who D’Onofrio played while also directing the film.
According to Deadline, the film will most likely between 20 and 30 minutes in length and will include both live action and animated elements. The animation will be created and overseen by Trioscope Studios.
As previously mentioned, Joe Lansdale wrote the script for the film which may be the single most perfect element of this entire undertaking. The author is a native Texan who has written some 45 novels and published around 30 short story collections. He has Texan sensibilities and a wry sense of humor that will lend itself well to this particular tale.
According to a blogpost posted on Martin’s website, principal photography on the project has already been completed. Martin went on to say he was unsure exactly how and when the film would be released, though he did promise there would be some sort of premiere or screening of the film at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
We’ll definitely bee keeping an eye on Night of the Cooters and will keep you caught up on all the latest news as it becomes available!