Warner Bros Picks Up 'Boston Strangler' Pitch for Casey Affleck to Star
by Ethan Anderton
December 6, 2012
Though Ben Affleck has been all over the place promoting Argo, his brother Casey Affleck has been pretty low key lately. This year we only heard him on the big screen providing his voice to a character in the underrated stop-motion animated flick ParaNorman, but he has some other films on the horizon. We'll be seeing him in Ain't Them Bodies Saints at Sundance in January, and Out of the Furnace from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper will arrive sometime next year hopefully. But now he's just landed a new thriller called Boston Strangler which Warner Bros. just picked up from a pitch about the infamous 1960s murderer.
In the film, Affleck would play one of the detectives on what became known as the Strangler Squad. Warner Bros. might be missing a huge opportunity for a series of squad movies to follow Gangster Squad in January, but I digress. Affleck will also executive produce the film written by another Boston native, newcomer Chuck Maclean. The film is described as being in the same vein as David Fincher's Se7en and Zodiac as these detectives try to track down the man behind 13 gruesome murders of women in Boston over a year and a half. While Albert DeSalvo remains convicted, many believe another killer was involved.
The film follows a detective who is willing to risk everything to track down this killer while also facing the corrupt government and justice system trying to save their careers by pinning these crimes on someone. We're not sure if this is Affleck's character or not, but either way, it's good to have him in a Boston thriller like this. Just the short description gives us an idea of how this will be like Zodiac, and that's one of the best thrillers I've ever seen. The question is who will end up directing the film. It's a shame that Ben Affleck is probably too busy to do it himself, but hopefully someone good gets attached.