Billy Bob has decided to return to directing for the first time since 2001’s Daddy and Them with Jayne Mansfield’s Car. Reports today indicate that he’s assembled a pretty crack team that matches his earnest sensibilities as a writer and director. Stepping in front of the camera will be Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick and Ray Stevenson. The addition of Billy Bob himeslf to that lineup creates a cyclone of homespun country charm that could endanger audiences, so bring a helmet.
Thornton co-wrote the story with frequent collaborator Tom Epperson. The plot focuses on two rival families on different continents in 1969. What that has to do with Jayne Mansfield’s car or how that is logistically even possible is beyond me, but it’s got Robert Duvall!
Thornton has also found funding for the project, but all things considered, that’s not nearly as interesting as the participation of ROBERT DUVALL.