Director Mark Romanek to make serial killer drama with Casey Affleck

News Ryan Lambie
9 Jan 2014 - 06:52

One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek's set to helm a new movie about the infamous Boston Strangler, starring Casey Affleck...

Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo, which he both wrote and directed, was a superb psychological thriller, featuring a terrific leading performance from Robin Williams. 2010's Never Let Me Go was an effectively tear-jerking adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, which failed to take off at the box office as it deserved to.

Those are reasons enough to be excited about this latest snippet of news: Romanek's signed on to direct a movie based on the infamous crimes of American serial killer Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler.

It's based on a Black List script by Chuck MacLean, and the project gathered pace last year when Casey Affleck clambered aboard as both executive producer and star. The combination of Affleck Jr's acting talent and Romanek's methodical direction could make for an absorbing true-life drama.

The story's been the subject of a movie before: Richard Fleischer's Boston Strangler, released in 1968, which starred Tony Curtis as Albert DeSalvo and Henry Fonda as one of the lawmen on his trail. Fleischer's direction, all split screens and coolly arranged shots was brilliant, as was Curtis' performance as the killer. Given their track record, we suspect Affleck and Romanek will give them a run for their money.

More news on this as it comes in.


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