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Film shot in Oklahoma sparks controversy

BY GENE TRIPLETT Modified: January 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm •  Published: January 30, 2010

/> "It is violent and what I will say about that is it’s very true to the original novel,” she said. "And when I read the script, I compared the script page by page to the original book, and in my mind it’s very hundred percent in keeping with the novel down to the dialogue.

"I think what people are taking exception to is the way it was shot, which I think even I was surprised in a few scenes,” she said.

"But it’s not my job. What we’re here to do is administer the (Oklahoma film incentive) rebate program and basically we don’t have creative authority over the films that are shot here.”

The feature was filmed in Guthrie, Tulsa, Enid, Oklahoma City and Cordell in May and June 2009. A few exterior scenes were filmed in New Mexico. It is the first major motion picture shot almost entirely in Oklahoma since the box office hit "Twister,” which was filmed here in 1996.

Simpson said "The Killer Inside Me” was a "hot ticket” at Sundance, playing to packed houses during its first two screenings on Sunday and Monday. However, some critics who saw the film have said its graphic violence may prevent it from finding a major distributor.

Two of the film’s producers, Chris Hanley and Jordan Gertner, joined Simpson in representing Oklahoma on a Sundance panel discussion billed as "Practical Considerations and Conversations with Film Commissioners and Filmmakers Regarding Accessing Film Incentives.”