Recently Tom Cruise and United Artists have picked up the right to a book written by Douglas Preston called 'The Monster of Florence'. Cruise is attached to produce and maybe even star in. I assume he could play either a detective or serial killer. Playing a serial killer is something Tom has never tackled before and it might be interesting to see him in a role like that. Here is what the trades say:
Preston and Italo journo Mario Spezi told Corriere della Sera they have inked with UA for a big-screen adaptation of their reconstruction of eight grisly double homicides believed to have been committed single-handedly between 1968 and 1985 in and around the Italian Renaissance gem.
"It's the biggest movie deal in my life," the leading Italo daily quoted Preston as saying in a front page story. Previous Preston tomes made into movies include thriller "The Relic."
So Douglas Preston seems pretty excited by the whole thing. Here is what the book is about:
United in their obsession with a grisly Italian serial murder case almost three decades old, thriller writer Preston (coauthor,Brimstone) and Italian crime reporter Spezi seek to uncover the identity of the killer in this chilling true crime saga. From 1974 to 1985, seven pairs of lovers parked in their cars in secluded areas outside of Florence were gruesomely murdered. When Preston and his family moved into a farmhouse near the murder sites, he and Spezi began to snoop around, although witnesses had died and evidence was missing. With all of the chief suspects acquitted or released from prison on appeal, Preston and Spezi's sleuthing continued until ruthless prosecutors turned on the nosy pair, jailing Spezi and grilling Preston for obstructing justice. Only when Dateline NBC became involved in the maze of mutilated bodies and police miscues was the authors' hard work rewarded. This suspenseful procedural reveals much about the dogged writing team as well as the motives of the killers. Better than some overheated noir mysteries, this bit of real-life Florence bloodletting makes you sweat and think, and presses relentlessly on the nerves.
Seems like it could be a very interesting film. Much like Zodiac only in Italy.