Lizzie Borden took an axe / And gave her mother forty whacks / When she saw what she had done / She gave her father forty-one.
The story of Lizzie Borden and the brutal murder of her father and stepmother has long been one of early America’s signature — and very bloody — folk tales, and one that has inspired scads of adaptations for both the stage and screen, including a 1965 opera and a recent Lifetime made-for-TV movie and its subsequent limited series sequel, both starring Christina Ricci as the accused murderer.
But popular culture isn’t done with Lizzie yet, and a new film from “The Boy” director Craig William Macneill and newbie screenwriter Bryce Kass (he previously penned the 2014 TV movie “Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs”) looks to revisit the enduring tale, with a brand new twist. The film stars Chloe Sevigny as Lizzie, with Kristen Stewart taking a turn as the Borden maid Bridget Sullivan, and will reportedly use the pair’s relationship as a new lens from which to explore the crimes.
The new look at the Borden mythos is billed as a “gothic psychological thriller with an indelible romance at its core.” The film will explore “the events that led up to the notorious murders of the Borden family — and reveals the many layers of the strange, fragile woman who stood accused of their brutal murder” and will pick up “when Bridget Sullivan, a young maid, comes to work for the Borden family, [and] Lizzie finds a sympathetic and kindred spirit, and what begins as innocent companionship eventually escalates into attraction, love and bloody vengeance.”
“Lizzie” also stars Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan, Kim Dickens, Denis O’Hare and Jeff Perry.
The film just wrapped principle production in Savannah, Georgia, and has celebrated by releasing a first look image at the film. There’s no blood, but definitely some dead people. Take a look.
“Lizzie” has not yet been picked up for distribution, but will likely arrive sometime in 2017.