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Lars von Trier - the contentious enfant terrible of modern cinema and director of this year's salacious Nymphomaniac - has now set his sights on horror movie Detroit, which he will be writing for fellow Dane Kristian Levring.

In a recent interview with Soundvenue (via IndieWire) Levring revealed that he's working on Detroit with the Danish director:

I've always thought that Lars would be able to do a fantastic horror movie... And I've told him so many times throughout the years, and in the end he said: 'I want you to stop talking about it, so I'll write it for you instead.'

Goes to show that a bit of peer pressure goes a long way! Of the in-development script, Levring divulged:

It takes place in Detroit, and then there is the wordplay between Detroit and 'destroyed'... It's about a man fighting his inner demons. That doesn't tell that much, but that's because we haven't gotten any further so far.

Although it's THE place for script pitches, Trier hasn't been to Cannes Film Festival since organizers declared him unwelcome after the 2011 press conference for Melancholia, in which he came out with a pretty inappropriate Nazi gaffe. That said, Levring will reportedly be showing Detroit to possible investors at Cannes this year, as he's already there presenting his latest, The Salvation, which stars Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green.

Having previously written scripts for other directors - Dear Wendy for Thomas Vinterberg and The Early Years for Jacob Thuesen - I'm pretty sure von Trier knows what he's doing. What's more, as a massive fan of Antichrist, I'm saying that von Trier has already made a fantastic horror movie, and I'm going to be all over this Detroit entry. What about you?


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