EXCLUSIVE: Independent boards sales; Robbie Ryan to produce, DoP.

Shoot is underway in Minnesota, US, on Irish writer-director Billy O’Brien’s adaptation of novelist Dan Wells’ supernatural-thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer.

Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) star in the feature, which charts the story of a teenage boy hunting for a supernatural serial killer in his snowbound mid-western town.

Production started on February 28, with Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures (The Summit) producing alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane.

The Irish Film Board, Quickfire Films and The Fyzz Facility provide finance while post-production will be handled by EGG in Ireland and London-based sales outfit Independent handles international sales.

Slow West and Philomena DoP Robbie Ryan will produce and handle cinematography, while Toby Froud has designed the film’s monster.

Writer-director O’Brien said: “Taking Dan Wells’ icky dark and funny novel to the big screen is like getting to play all day and being here in Minnesota, the home of the Coens and the setting for Fargo is inspiring us all. I have a fantastic team around me, some amazing actors and plenty of warm clothes!” 

Andrew Orr of Independent added:“I Am Not A Serial Killer is that rarest of things: a truly innovative take on a much-loved genre. We are delighted to be working with Billy and the rest of the team and excited to be bringing this striking story to buyers around the globe.”

O’Brien is repped by Michelle Kass of Michelle Kass Associates in the UK and Robert Newman at WME. Robbie Ryan is repped by Mira Young at Gersh in the US.