Jonathan Glazer To Give 'Birth' To 'Under The Skin'

Jonathan GlazerThere must be some sort of cosmic connection here. This is the second news break of the day to involve one of the directors from Palm Pictures' Director's Label series. This time it's "Birth" and "Sexy Beast" director Jonathan Glazer, who will next tackle an adaptation of Michael Faber's novel "Under the Skin," according to a report from ScreenDaily. [via /Film]

"Skin" follows an alien -- the proper kind, from outer space -- who is sent to Earth to collect hitchhikers. Why? To harvest their sweet, juicy meat of course! Human meat is considered a rare treat on the alien protagonist's homeworld. I guess hitchhikers just make for easy pickings. There's more to it than that, but I'd hate to spoil the surprise.

Glazer is an interesting choice. I'm not so sure how I feel about the guy. "Sexy Beast" is a great flick, one of those uniquely British gangster flicks. Not quite in the vein of Guy Ritchie/Matthew Vaughn, but close enough if you're looking for a comparison. The highlight of "Beast" is Ben Kingsley, who plays a full-bore homicidal lunatic.

Of course, Glazer also did "Birth." That movie just straight creeps me out. Nicole Kidman stars as a widow who... well... she falls in love with a 10-year-old boy who she believes to be the reincarnated spirit of her dead husband. And there's a bathing scene. Like I said, creepy.

Faber's novel has a cool premise and, given Glazer's decidedly quirky background, it could be a good fit. It so happens that this won't be the first time the director has worked with roadside pedestrians. His excellent music video for UNKLE's "Rabbit in Your Headlights" (featuring Radiohead's Thom Yorke) is a bona fide modern classic.

Do any of you have strong opinions on Glazer, one way or the other? Have you read Faber's novel before? Do you think this is a good pairing of director and story?