Alan Ball Preps Horror Film, Looks Towards 1930s For Screwball Sex Comedy

It’s taken Alan Ball nine years after his Oscar win for “American Beauty” to make his way back to the big-screen. Hopefully, it’ll be a much shorter trip the third time around, the “Towelhead” director laughed.

“I have two scripts that I wrote years ago, both of which I still believe in. I’m actually thinking of trying to produce one and not direct and there’s another one that I’d like to direct,” he revealed to MTV News.

Although he insists that for the immediate future he’s focusing on writing the second season of “True Blood,” his vampire series which premiered recently on HBO, Ball thinks it’s possible one or both could become big movies in the not so distant future. So what the heck are they about?

“The one I want to direct is a screwball comedy. It takes place in the 30s. It’s kind of a romantic farce about two very bullheaded people negotiating their sexual relationship within standards of that time, with that language, and with all the trappings of 1936,” he said. “They’re both incredibly wealthy at a time when the rest of the world is going hungry, which I find incredibly timely.

“The other one is harder to pitch in a high concept way – it’s a dark, dark comedy about a woman who just gets fed up with being a doormat,” he continued, letting slip details on the otherwise secretive project. “And it’s got a body count!”

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