It has been a long time between drinks for Jill Sprecher, one of the producers of TV’s Big Love, who was last seen with 2001’s Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. Now iTunes Trailers has released a new trailer and poster for her crime caper Thin Ice, which was floating about a few years ago in development under the title The Convincer.
If it has a Coen Brothers vibe to it, there’s actually some irony to that statement. Jill Sprecher frequently worked with her sister Karen Sprecher and they have been jokingly referred to as the “Coen Sisters”, acknowledging their similarly Midwestern origins. We also hope that this mark’s the comeback of Back to the Future‘s Lea Thompson.
The official synopsis: Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife (Lea Thompson) and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather. This self-proclaimed master of spin believes that salesmanship is about selling a story — all he needs is a sucker willing to buy it. He hits pay dirt with a lonely retired farmer (Alan Arkin) who is sitting on something much bigger than an insurance commission. But Mickey’s attempt to con the old man spins out of control when a nosy, unstable locksmith (Billy Crudup) with a volatile temper dramatically ups the stakes, trapping him in a madcap spiral of danger, deceit and double-crossing. Blending dark comedy and delirious Midwestern noir, THIN ICE reaches a breaking point that no one — least of all Mickey Prohaska — could ever see coming.
It is set for release in the US on 17 February 2012. It does not currently have an Australian release date.