This will be the second film collaboration between Friedkin and playwright/screenwriter Tracy Letts, who also wrote and adapted his play 'Bug,' a film that also starred Ashley Judd. Letts won the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his hit Broadway drama 'August: Osage County.' Plans are to start work on 'Killer Joe' on Nov. 8.
Considering that Friedkin has previously tackled detectives and corruption (usually together) with 'The French Connection,' 'To Live And Die In L.A.,' 'Jade' and 'Cruising,' one wonders how he will keep the material fresh this time out. "This is nothing like any of those," he told Moviefone. "This is very edgy. It is on the razor's edge. It's been called very violent. I don't think it is very violent, but it's very sexually explicit. It is about a very disturbing group of characters."