The LA Times' 24 Frames blog is reporting that former indie director Karyn Kusama has a new feature stirring called The Rut and she's courting Kick-Ass and Let Me In teen toughgirl Chloë Moretz for the lead role. Certainly the film's title is a bit telling of Kusama's recent history about town, which has been marred by a pair of unfortunate critical flops (Æon Flux and Jennifer's Body) after her award-winning breakout Girlfight back in 2000.
Though Kusama can write as well as direct I can't find any indication whether or not she's penning this project, but the story apparently involves a father-daughter relationship with a twist. No, not that kind of twist, perv. Here the father instructs the daughter in a number of survival techniques, particularly hunting, in the event that he should ever go missing. Lo and behold, he disappears and the daughter is left to fend for herself. Moretz sounds like the perfect candidate for the role of the daughter, not only because of her time spent around guns with Kick-Ass, but also due to her mastery of the young empowered female thing that's been working so well in her recent work. Whatever the casting choice, this is sounding like an interesting project and probably the one to bring Kusama back from the brink.