Cannes: Lars von Trier Writing Script for Detroit-Set Horror Project

Lars von Trier - Cannes Film Festival - 2009
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The "Nymphomaniac" auteur has begun writing a screenplay for fellow Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring to direct.

Cannes persona non grata Lars von Trier won't be at this year's festival, but he already has his next project lined up.

The controversial Danish director is penning a script for fellow Dane Kristian Levring. Levring is in Cannes this year with Western The Salvation starring Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire), which screens as part of the festival's Midnight Screenings program.

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The project, with the working title Detroit, is described as a horror film set in the downtrodden U.S. city. It won't be von Trier's first foray into the genre. His  Antichrist, which scandalized Cannes when it screened here in 2009 (and went on to win the best actress prize for star Charlotte Gainsbourg), was the director's very twisted take on torture-porn horror a la Saw. His 1990s television miniseries The Kingdom also payed tribute to American horror movies.

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The last feature von Trier wrote that he did not direct was Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wendy in 2004.

Von Trier began writing the script to Detroit about a month ago after years of prodding by Levring. Von Trier's production company, Zentropa, produced The Salvation and the company's sales arm, TrustNordisk, is selling the title in Cannes.

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