Thomas Jane is about to seem like an incredibly busy guy. Later this month (November 21 to be exact), he will star in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. Sometime in 2008, The Mutant Chronicles, in which he stars alongside Ron Perlman and Devon Aoki, will also be unleashed. But more importantly, Jane has recently begun production on his major motion picture directorial debut, The Dark Country.
As Jane told ShockTilYouDrop in June, Dark Country follows a couple who are driving across the desert from Las Vegas. “They come across a body in the road who seems to be a terrible accident,” Jane elaborated. “He’s still alive, so they pick him up and try to find a hospital. The guy wakes up in the backseat terrified and freaked-out, wondering if people are after him. [The couple are] trying to get the story out of him but he’s been horribly wounded. He’s just a mess, broken and bloody. He starts talking all paranoid and then attacks the husband. Tries to kill him. They almost crash the car. The husband – our hero – picks up a rock and ends up killing the guy and they don’t know what to do with him. So, they start to panic and bury him out in the desert. Everything goes downhill from there.”
Jane will also star in the project, which is being produced by Raw Entertainment, a company that Jane created alongside 30 Days of Night scribe Steve Niles and acclaimed artist Tim Bradstreet. Lauren German (Hostel: Part II) will also star.
Of course, the most interesting thing about Dark Country is that it will be shot for 3D. Jane has enlisted a company called Paradise FX who have worked on films such as Terminator 3D to bring this R-rated adult-oriented thriller to life. When speaking of the 3D aspect, Jane stressed that they will be steering clear of the 3D gags that audiences experienced at the height of 3D in the late-’80s. “We’re going for the effect that Hitchcock used when he made ‘Dial M for Murder’ than what we saw in Vincent Price’s ‘House of Wax.’ It’s a more sophisticated use of the technology which is what we’re striving for.” In a word: cool.
Production has begun on The Dark Country in the desert of New Mexico. Joined by Director of Photography Geoff Boyle, Tim Bradstreet and producers from Sony’s Stage 6 films, Jane has been scouting various locations. Bradstreet has been blogging it all via a Production Diary, which can be found here. Take a peek at some of the early on location shots below.
Thomas Jane Surveys “The Dark Country”
DP Geoff Boyle and Jane
The Director/Star Himself
A Little Bit of New Mexico Beauty