A little over a year ago it was announced that Casey Affleck would star in Boston Strangler for Warner Bros., but since then there hasn’t been a lot of progress made on the project. Now, however, it looks like things are finally starting to move on this one as today we’re hearing that Mark Romanek is in talks with the studio to direct the film.
Romanek, best known for One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, was in the news last year when he exited Disney’s live-action Cinderella because the version he was working on was too dark for the mouse house. While his style may not have been the best fit for a Disney fairy-tale, it could be perfect for Boston Strangler.
For those who aren’t familiar, the film will tell the true story of a series of murders that took place in Boston in the 1960s. Albert DeSalvo was arrested and confessed to the crimes, but to this day there’s doubt as to whether he acted alone. The script is said to focus on a detective who risks his career and life to bring the killer down and has been described as similar in tone to Se7en and Zodiac. Considering those are two of the most successful serial killer movies in recent memory, if Boston Strangler is anywhere near the same vein, it should be quite enjoyable.
As for Romanek, adding him to the mix would be a great move, as he’s excellent when it comes to capturing stylish visuals and using them to suck the audience into a creepy, tense story.
In addition to starring in the film, Affleck will executive produce with Kevin McCormick (who is producing through his Langley Park banner). There’s still no timetable for when production could start and Romanek isn’t signed on just yet, but be sure to check back in with us as we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
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