He's got a tattoo of the word "f**k" on his hand, he was declared persona non grata at Cannes after joking about being a Nazi sympathiser, and he's most famous for making Charlotte Gainsbourg hack off her own clitoris in Nymphomaniac.
Let's just say that Lars Von Trier isn't afraid of controversy.
The legendary Danish director - who has a pathological fear of flying - broke a blanket ban on giving interviews this past weekend to speak via live video feed at the Venice Film Festival.
During the interview, von Trier spoke about his upcoming projects, announcing plans for a TV series named The House That Jack Built.
His producer Louise Vesth suggested that it's going to be like nothing we've seen before:
I’m happy to announce that the next Lars von Trier project will be a TV series in the English language. He has a really really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard, I’m sure that it will be something that you have never seen before and you will definitely never see again.
Well, this is Lars von Trier we're talking about. The pilot will probably open with the "huge cast" getting down and dirty with each other and then committing mass suicide.
Von Trier is still writing the script so no plot details are confirmed yet, but production is slated to start in 2016.
We wait with bated breath.
Lynch did it with Twin Peaks, Del Toro brought the crazy to The Strain. Here's three other directors who are due a turn at TV:
1) Terrence Malick
Credits: Days of Heaven, The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Badlands
Ideal plot: A family saga explored over several generations from the memories of a middle aged man, probably with estranged children. Shot in sepia.
2) Paul Thomas Anderson
Credits: Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood
Ideal plot: An investigative drama set in the San Fernando Valley, with 300 characters and as many great songs.
3) David Cronenberg
Credits: Shivers, The Fly, A History of Violence, Scanners
Ideal plot: A psych horror about a guy trying to create the perfect family from other people's body parts. And he's a school teacher.