Thirteen women were sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in Massachusetts during the 1960s at the hands of the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo. Now, Warner Bros. is readying a new film based on the serial killer.
The screenplay was picked up from Casey Affleck and fellow Bostonite writer Chuck Maclean. We were hoping that Affleck would be down to play DeSalvo since he was so bloody terrifying in 2010’s “The Killer Inside Me,” but it looks like he’s eyeing up the part of a detective who helped solve the crime. His job won’t be easy since the real-life case involved an unusual theory. As Deadline—who reported the news—puts it, “There is still belief that more than one killer was involved, and that DeSalvo was a pawn in a bigger conspiracy. The movie follows an ambitious detective who is willing to risk career and life in a race to bring down the most notorious sexual predator of the day, while battling a political cover-up by corrupt politicians and lawyers trying to save their careers.”
We definitely perked up when the website indicated that “Boston Strangler” will have a similar tone to “Se7en” and “Zodiac.” It’s been a little while since we’ve had a great serial killer film. Are you ready to head to Boston?
See Brittany Murphy’s Final Film ’Something Wicked’
Late actress Brittany Murphy appeared in one last film before her tragic passing. “Something Wicked” features the “Clueless” star as Susan, who is the “moral center” of the movie about a young couple (“Final Destination’s” Shantel VanSanten and “Elephant’s” John Robinson) that head to the chilly Pacific Northwest for their honeymoon. Tragic circumstances summon secrets from the past, and sinister forces make it a lover’s getaway they will soon regret. Get updates on the film on the project Facebook page.
Guillermo del Toro Not Giving up on ’Mountains of Madness’
Guillermo del Toro—aka the man that never sleeps—will be working on ghost story “Crimson Peak” as his next project, but according to a recent interview with Deadline, which we spotted via Dread Central, it sounds like the director is still hoping to work on “At the Mountains of Madness” in the future. You’ll probably remember that Del Toro and screenwriter Matthew Robbins worked on a screenplay based on H.P. Lovecraft’s 1931 novella, but the long believed unfilmable movie faced struggles with the ratings police at Universal and saw other delays. A new studio seems to be ready to pick up where Universal left off, however. “They [Legendary] love [it], but we just finished ’Pacific Rim.’ They want to let that film happen, and then my hope is down the line we can do it,” Del Toro indicated. All hope isn’t lost yet, Lovecraft fiends.
New Stills from Zombie Comedy ’Warm Bodies’
Summit Entertainment’s zombedy “Warm Bodies” has some new stills that feature the tormented zombie named “R,” played by Nicholas Hoult. His body has rotted like the undead, but his mind is still… human. He starts a friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims, played by Teresa Palmer. Their developing romance begins to dramatically change things for the walking dead—but hopefully not too much, since we really love watching those wacky fleshmunchers do what they do best. See Hoult’s “evolution,” and watch him set eyes on one of the greatest undead flicks, Lucio Fulci’s “Zombie” in these new photos. “Warm Bodies” is in theaters February 1.