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by Susan Ryant

Decades have done nothing to diminish the impact of  Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer , the grim serial killer thriller that launched the careers of star  Michael Rooker  and director  John McNaughton . Now the pair are looking to do it again with the vigilante film  Road Rage .

Per  Deadline Road Rage  is intended to be the first in a series.

The film “will center on a serial killer who only kills those who deserve to die—presenting a modern hero who is a bad guy gone good, protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty.”

“I’d wanted to work with Michael Rooker again since  Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,  but we never got the chance. Finally, I wrote a story that took the genre in a whole new direction,” McNaughton told the outlet. “Michael Rooker as Stony; he drives a truck… and kills people. Stony is the ultimate serial killer… with a twist, and he’s going home now after twenty years, to settle a score from the past.”

Tim Perell  will produce the vigilante thriller through his banner, Process Media, and said, “With  Road Rage , John McNaughton and Michael Rooker aim once again to create a transgressive and shocking film that will exist at the cutting edge of art and genre. As  Henry  was ahead of its time, so  Road Rage  will be ahead of this time; both a disturbing and exhilarating reflection of contemporary American culture.”

Rooker’s memorable turn as serial killer Henry Lee Lucas shoots this project to the top of hotly anticipated titles in the works.

Henry:  Portrait of a Serial Killer  plot synopsis: “Recently released from prison, the nomadic Henry (Rooker) finds temporary abode in the rundown Chicago lodgings of a former jail acquaintance and small-time drug dealer, Otis ( Tom Towles ). Hiding behind his unremarkable employment as a pest exterminator, Henry leads a double life, prowling the streets by night on a brutal and apparently motiveless killing spree. As the bodies mount up, Otis finds himself inducted into Henry’s dark secret world, but when Otis’ sister Becky ( Tracy Arnold ) moves in, herself fleeing from an uncomfortable domestic situation, it quickly becomes apparent that two’s company, but three’s a crowd.”

In addition to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, McNaughton’s films include Mad Dog and Glory. Rooker’s credits include Suicide Squad, “The Walking Dead,” and Slither.

Stay tuned for more details as they arrive.