William Friedkin has had a spotty career since he burst upon the scene in the early 1970s with the 1-2-3 knock out punch of 'The Boys in the Band,' 'The French Connection' and 'The Exorcist.' Since then for every 'To Live and Die in L.A.' pleasure there's been a 'Deal of the Century' bummer.

It's been five years since his last outing, the psychological thriller 'Bug,' starring Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon, a film not well received by the public. Now the director is returning to his gritty street roots that served him so well in 'French Connection' with 'Killer Joe,' a black comedy thriller about a 22 year-old drug dealer (Emile Hirsch) who has his stash stolen by his mother and has to come up with $6,000 or lose his life. When he discovers that his mom's insurance policy is worth $50,000, he turns to hit man Killer Joe (Matthew McConaughey), who demands a steep down payment -- or Chris' attractive younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple) as collateral. Also in the film are Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon.

We've remarked in previous posts about our happiness with McConaughey's choice of tougher roles -- here's another one to show off his talents (above and beyond a pretty bod and face).

The folks over at The Playlist latched onto a "first peek" at the film; check it out after the jump. The site also surmises that -- though the film doesn't yet have a release date -- it will make the fall film festival rounds.