Mark Romanek to Direct 'Boston Strangler' Movie with Casey Affleck
Lots of directors getting attached in the news to kick off the New Year. The latest is Mark Romanek, director of One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, who is now in talks to direct the Boston Strangler movie for Warner Bros. Variety broke the news, reporting that he's in talks to direct with Casey Affleck attached to star, and Kevin McCormick producing through Langley Park. Romanek was last slated to direct the Cinderella movie for Disney, but he moved on last year. It looks like this might next, his latest since Never Let Me Go (2010) and the "Locke & Key" pilot, but he has been attached on a couple of other projects.
The Boston Strangler movie is about the true story of serial killer Albert DeSalvo, who murdered 13 woman near Boston in the early 1960s. The film will follow a detective trying to solve the case. This serial killer story was already made into the 1968 film with Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda, directed. It could make for another great, eerie modern day thriller, and of course the pitch "had similarities to Seven and Zodiac." Both are pretty common references for a serial killer thriller. Anyway, this could turn out good and I hope it all comes together. The original script was written by Chuck MacLean, eventually ending up at Warner Bros.
Filmmaker Mark Romanek has been attached to a couple of different projects recently, including Cinderella and The Lost Symbol, the Da Vinci Code sequel. In the meantime, he's been making commercials (see them here) and he also directed Jay Z's performance art video "Picasso Baby". You can also follow him on Twitter at @markromanek. We'll keep an eye out for any developments with this or any of Romanek's feature films.