he Hollow was born out of both my desire to write a noir-ish crime drama and to write a piece set squarely in my home state of Mississippi. I had long wanted to write something that hearkened back to the work of some of my literary heroes and to Mississippi’s rich literary legacy, to Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Shelby Foote. eir works burst with the unique, cultural stamp of the deepest part of the Deep South, for well and ill. I had long admired Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men and the Coen Brothers’ mesmerizing cine- matic retelling of it. So, I endeavored to write a script that captured the pathos and mood of that work (and some of the literary preoccupations of the aforementioned Mississippi writers) set squarely amid the thorny, gothic beauty of my home state. A er e Historian (my rst feature), I also simply wanted to write something that was slightly more accessible to a larger audience.

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