After looking at death row conditions and fighting Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, Werner Herzog has lined up a new project: an adaptation of DBC Pierre’s novel Vernon God Little, which won the Booker Prize in 2003. Here’s a synopsis for the book:
When 16 kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff’s office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday’s underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople, the cable news networks, and Deputy Vaine Gurie, a woman whose zeal for the Pritikin diet is eclipsed only by her appetite for barbecued ribs from the Bar-B-Chew Barn. So Vernon does what any red-blooded American teenager would do; he takes off for Mexico.
Vernon God Little is a provocatively satirical, riotously funny look at violence, materialism, and the American media.
You just read that synopsis in Werner Herzog’s voice.
The Playlist wonders if this means Herzog’s Gertrude Bell project (Queen of the Desert) with Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson is no longer a go. We should hear more about both projects soon.[Via The Playlist]