You wouldn't normally expect a director like Joel Schumacher to be premiering a film at the Sundance Film Festival, but as Schumacher himself points out, his career is full of smaller films that were made for little money and featured young, up-and-coming casts. Twelve looks to continue a Schumacher trend that began with films like St. Elmo's Fire, The Lost Boys and Flatliners when it screens in the Premieres section at Sundance next week.

Featuring a cast that includes Emma Roberts, Chace Crawford, 50 Cent, Zoe Kravitz, Rory Culkin and Kiefer Sutherland (who reunites with Schumacher for a fifth time, and the first since 2002's Phone Booth), Twelve (based on Nick McDonell's novel) is a gritty drama that follows a young drug dealer who finds his life slowly spiral out of control after his best friend is arrested for the murder of his cousin. Cinematical caught up with Schumacher ahead of the film's premiere to learn a little more about it.

Cinematical: Give us the "word on the street" description of your film.

Joel Schumacher: White Mike is a teenage dropout who sells drugs to the over-privileged, under-loved youth of New York's upper east side. A.K.A. -- beautiful guys, beautiful babes, fu*ked up lives.