Twin sisters Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska have gained a reputation for their own special brand of horror with cult favorites American Mary and Dead Hooker in a Trunk. This past year at San Deigo Comic-Con, it was announced that the duo was planning to direct their own cinematic take on Jimmy Palmiotti's comic book Painkiller Jane. Speaking with Crave Online, The Twisted Twins confirm that the movie will not water down its subject matter, and that they are definitely aiming for a Hard R.
This is what Jen Soska had to say about bringing the gun-toting heroine to the big screen:
"I'm not working for Marvel. It has to be an R-rated character. When you come to a character like Jane, she drinks, she fights, she f*cks, she talks like you and I talk, and that's an important part of her character. That's why we'd be really disappointed if that ended up being a PG or a PG-13 film because if you look at the character... Kids are reading this kind of content. I mean, when I was a kid I was reading 'The Punisher.' So Jane has to be true to the character and it's got to be an R. We can't tone it down or we'd tone Jane out of the entire script."
At the time the movie was announced, the Twisted Twins promised a scene where Jane is 'not wearing anything but the bullets flying around her'. That helps set the tone the directors are aiming for, which will elevate what has come before it in the 2007 Syfy Painkiller Jane TV movie and series.
Sylvia Soska sees the movie as the character's final saving grace before she disappears into oblivion:
"...This is the third shot, they kept watering her down, watering her down, watering her down. Jen and I are not going to let that happen, and Jimmy Palmiotti - who is also one of the producers - he's not going to let that happen. There are some scenes in this movie, there's no way they're not going to slap us with an R. Once you see it, it's going to just be batsh*t crazy."
Painkiller Jane will follow undercover police officer Jane Vasko, who finds her cover blown during an undercover narcotics operation, and is drugged into a coma. She awakens to a strange world, infused with super powers, ready to exact revenge. And yes, it does sound a little bit like last summer's action hit Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, which, of course, came along way after the Painkiller Jane source material was already established.
The Twisted Twins return this weekend with their latest directorial feature See No Evil 2. They are also planning a second WWE horror film called Vendetta, which will be released next year. They also have a segment in the horror anthology ABCs of Death 2, which hits theaters Halloween day.