Tony O'Neill's Down and Out on Murder Mile
was the first book I ever read that included a "soundtrack" – a mixtape of sorts printed in the back of the book, that included tracks from the musicians O'Neill once played with (The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Kelli Ali to name a few). I finished the novel at a furious pace, curled up in the corner of a bookstore during a torrential downpour. It was the perfect setting to complement O'Neill's obsessive, lyrical, and grim tale about a young junkie in L.A. and North London’s infamous Clapton Road (Murder Mile) in Hackney. The author's latest novel, Sick City
, revolves around two desperate addicts in L.A. who try to sell a sex tape of Sharon Tate
According to a recent email from the author, Anonymous Content has optioned the property for the big screen, with Jayson Rothwell
set to pen the script, which centers on Jeffrey and Randall -- two junkies who happen across the candid celluloid. With dollar signs in their eyes and track marks on their arms, they try to sell it to the highest bidder, but not before things take a twisted and darkly humorous turn for the worse.
Rothwell's company, Invader Films will co-produce with Anonymous Content – the studio behind idiosyncratic character studies like The Beaver
, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
, and Being John Malkovich
. The screenwriter most recently completed the amnesiac underworld tale Malice in Wonderland
in 2009, and was signed on to adapt Gordon Dahlquist’s novel The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
for Warner Bros., along with Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil.
Simultaneous with the development of Sick City's script, O'Neill is set to begin a European tour to promote the German and French editions of the novel. Italy will also be seeing Sick City on the shelves soon, thanks to Playground Libri -- creating further anticipation for the forthcoming adaptation. O'Neill's sequel to the book is the ominously titled Black Neon, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2012.