Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek is in talks to bring to life one of the most famous serial killers in U.S. history… the Boston Strangler. Casey Affleck is already set to star in the film as a detective hell-bent on bringing down the killer.
The film is said to have the same tone as the movies Se7en and Zodiac. The story "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. Boston pols were desperate for a conviction; the early murders centered on older women living alone, but when police found a 21-year old victim, the public panicked. Soon, guns and door locks became scarce in Boston and pressure grew to end the hysteria by locking up someone."
Albert DeSalvo was a criminal in Boston who confessed to being the "Boston Strangler," who killed thirteen women. DeSalvo was not imprisoned for these murders though, he was imprisoned for a series of rapes. Over the years his murder confession has been disputed, and debate has raged over which crimes DeSalvo actually committed. There's still belief that more than one killer was involved and that DeSalvo was a pawn in a bigger conspiracy.
There's an incredibly talented team attached to this film production. Romanek is a great director, and I think Affleck is a hell of a talented actor. I also enjoy these kinds of movie, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!