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‘Road Rage’: Michael Rooker and John McNaughton to Team Up for the First Time Since ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’

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'Road Rage': Michael Rooker and John McNaughton to Team Up for the First Time Since 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer'

Released in 1986, John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is an unflinching tale of shocking violence, with Michael Rooker’s performance as the title character making for compelling, if stomach-churning viewing. Said to be loosely based on the life and crimes of real-life murderer Henry Lee Lucas, the film is said to be partially responsible for the MPAA drawing a line between adult-only films (which received the NC-17 rating) and pornography (which got the X rating), and remains a cult classic over three decades later.

Now, as first reported by Deadline, the director-actor combo is reuniting for a new project entitled Road Rage. Unlike the cold-blooded killings of Henry, Road Rage will be more of a vigilante film, with Rooker’s character Stony targeting those he deems deserving of death. The project is to be produced by Process Media, with talks between them and iNK Stories for a potential video game already having occurred as well.

It’s worth mentioning that iNK Stories, a BAFTA-winning studio, was founded by Rockstar Games alum Navid Khonsari. Someone with franchises such as Red Dead, Max Payne, and Grand Theft Auto on their CVs is not someone to be taken lightly, never mind his own studio’s smash successes such as Blindfold and Fire Escape.

McNaughton and Rooker launched each other’s careers with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer at the height of the Eighties horror movement. What Road Rage will bring to the two now, over thirty years after that first strike, is anyone’s guess.

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