Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans producers Alan and Gabriel Polsky are gearing up to produce an adaptation of Willy Vlautin‘s novel The Motel Life. Emile Hirsch is the first actor to be casted and will play one of two brothers who run from their Reno motel after a hit and run accident.
No other actors are currently involved and the film does not yet have a writer or director.
The official synopsis of the novel sounds interesting:
Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, who abruptly ditch their Reno motel after Jerry Lee drunkenly kills a boy on a bicycle in a hit-and-run. The two are case studies in hard luck: their mother died when they were 14 and 16, respectively; their father is an ex-con deadbeat; neither finished high school. Frank has had just one girlfriend, motel neighbor Annie, whose mother is an abusive prostitute. An innocent simpleton, Jerry Lee is left feeling suicidal after the accident, despite his younger brother’s efforts to console him: “It was real quiet, the way he cried,” says Frank, “like he was whimpering.” On returning to Reno, an eventual reckoning awaits them. Vlautin’s coiled, poetically matter-of-fact prose calls to mind S.E. Hinton—a writer well-acquainted with male misfit protagonists seeking redemption, no matter how destructive.