Durst To Direct Teen Thriller 'Life Without Joe'

Big-screen directorial debut slated to begin filming in September following Bizkit's return from Europe.

It'll be his way or the highway when Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst gets behind the camera to direct the feature film "Life Without Joe."

Shooting is slated to start in September following Bizkit's return from Europe, where they're to play several festivals and headlining gigs with Godsmack. "Life Without Joe" is expected to hit theaters next spring, according to co-producer Mark L. Lester.

Written by Brent V. Friedman ("Mortal Kombat"), the teen thriller concerns a group of traveling football players accused of making road pizza of a cat in a rundown rural town. Creepy locals eventually chase the kids through the woods in a plot descended from such films as "Deliverance" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

Casting for the $10 million movie is expected to begin next week, said Lester, who hopes such high-profile friends of Durst as Ben Stiller, Stephen Dorff and Scott Caan will lend an acting hand, though none could be confirmed at the moment.

Although Lester claimed "Life Without Joe" would be Durst's directorial debut, another film, "Runt," is also in the works (see "Durst Says Time Is Right For His Movie About School Outcast"), and it's unclear which film will come first on Durst's docket, according to an Interscope Records spokesperson.

In a note posted Tuesday (May 15) on Limp Bizkit's Web site, the singer made no mention of the teen screamer, stating that he'd either start working on "Runt" upon returning Stateside or begin preproduction on his band's fourth album, the follow-up to last year's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.

Durst began writing the new album while on tour, he says in the posting, insisting "it's time to lay it on the line and get seriously ill on an overdriven level."