George RR Martin to produce Vincent D’Onofrio’s short Night of the Cooters
Author George RR Martin is producing the short film Night of the Cooters, directed by Vincent D’Onofrio with animation by Trioscope Studios.
George RR Martin is producing a new short film, Night of the Cooters, based on the short story of the same name by Howard Waldrop. The film is directed by Vincent D’Onofrio (daredevil), which is also featured in the project. The sci-fi short, written by Joe Lansdale, will combine live action and animation with help from Trioscope Studios.
Night of the Cooters is taken from a collection of short stories by Waldrop with the same title. Inspired by HG Well’s War of the Worlds, it tells the story of an alien invasion from a sheriff’s perspective in Pachuco, Texas. Like Martin himself, Waldrop is a prolific science fiction and fantasy writer with a number of novels, short stories, and short story collections to his name. The author is expected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention in Montreal in November.
On his blog, Martin presented the new project. He said Night of the Cooters had finished filming and the final version would last about 20 to 30 minutes. It’s not yet clear when or where the short will be released, but Martin figures he might try to get the film out at festivals next year. Regarding the release, he wrote: “Some stories just need to be told. Some movies just need to be made. Call it a labor of love.” Martin also expressed his enthusiasm for the new project and working with D’Onofrio and Trioscope Studios.
Trioscope Studios are known for fusing live action and animation to create films that are a unique graphic novel experience. The studio was behind Netflix’s WWII miniseries, The liberator, which told the true story of US Army Officer Felix Sparks. CEO and co-founder of Trioscope, LC Crowley gave Screen cry an exclusive quote on the studio’s work on Night of the Cooters.
Our first series, The liberator, is a scripted WWII drama series, so venturing into this incredible sci-fi western with George and his crew is a chance to show another side of what our studio and technology can do. Whatever the genre, Trioscope’s passion – bringing stylized worlds to life and giving world-class artists like Vincent D’Onofrio the opportunity to tell limitless stories on a blockbuster level – is what it s all about. ‘acts for us.
With creative minds like Martin and Waldrop involved and visuals from Trioscope, Night of the Cooters is sure to be an interesting project. Martin has been increasingly busy lately producing a number of projects, including the Game Of Thrones spin off Dragon house and Tales of Dunk and Egg as well as the adaptation of Who is afraid of death by Nnedi Okorafor and the WW II ensemble Generic cards, among many others.
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