Director Jim Mickle was concerned that Michael C. Hall might still be in the headspace of serial killer Dexter Morgan when he began work on Mickle’s new film Cold in July. ”Michael had wrapped Dexter about a week before he started on us,” the filmmaker says. ”But I think this was a catharsis for him. He had played this character for eight seasons and he was like a kid in a candy store.” In Mickle’s adaptation of the 1989 Joe R. Lansdale novel (out next year), Hall plays a man who kills a burglar only to discover that the perp’s father is a hardened con. ”It becomes kind of a cat-and-mouse, Cape Fear thing,” explains Nick Damici, who costars in the film and wrote the script with Mickle.
Damici and Mickle are longtime collaborators whose remake of the 2010 Mexican movie We Are What We Are, about a family of cannibals, comes out Sept. 27.