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The star of "Ghost Rider" is making a movie with the guys who made "Donnie Darko"? We are at full attention.
Nicolas Cage and Richard Kelly are combining their respective bizarre super powers as they prepare to collaborate on what may end up being one of the strangest (and most fascinating) true crime thrillers ever made, "Amicus," according to Variety.
"Amicus" tells the story of Lawrence Horn, a Motown Records exec who hired Detroit-based assassin James Perry to murder his wife, quadriplegic son and the family's nurse at their suburban Maryland home. Horn's son was the victim of medical malpractice and due to the subsequent lawsuit had a fortune worth nearly $2 million — which his father stood to inherit in the wake of his death.
It was later discovered that Perry had consulted a book called "Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors" as a how-to guide to execute the murders, which led to the families of the victims filing a class-action lawsuit against the book's publisher, Paladin Press. The families' attorneys then hired First Amendment attorney Rodney Smolla (to be played by Cage) to consult on the case, which took five years to settle amidst a series of shocking and bizarre developments.
This sounds like the makings of a rather unique courtroom drama — and quite the change of pace for Kelly, who's previously delved in more fantastical realms with "Donnie Darko," "Southland Tales" and the sorely underrated morality tale, "The Box." It's quite the departure for Cage as well; despite having appeared in over 50 movies, he's never played a lawyer before.
Production on "Amicus" (which refers to the term "amicus curiae," a person not directly engaged with a case who's allowed to advise the court) is set to commence in January in Atlanta. Nicolas Cage will next be seen in another true crime thriller, "Frozen Ground," opening Nov. 30.