THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE Goes to FOX with George Clooney Attached
According to Deadline.com, Fox 2000 has reportedly closed a deal to turn the bestselling crime book THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE into a movie with George Clooney set to star.
Reportedly, Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander are set to write the script. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen of the Jinks/Cohen Company will produce with Smokehouse’s Grant Heslov, and McQuarrie.
Clooney will play Douglas Preston, who co-authored the nonfiction story with Italian crime reporter Mario Spezi. The two met after Preston moved to Italy and together they set out to do something amazing – solve a 30 year old serial murder case. The case involved seven couples who were savagely murdered while they sat in their cars parked just outside of Florence, between 1974 and 1985. The story started when Preston moved into a nearby farmhouse and began asking questions about the already cold case.
Not surprisingly, the authorities didn’t welcome the writer’s curiosity and soon Preston was being interrogated and Spezi had been thrown in jail. But the two sleuths persevered, eventually putting all the pieces of the mystery together and solving the murders.
The Monster of Florence will be another welcome opportunity for Clooney to make a movie in Italy, which has become his second home. Next up, the actor is directing and starring in The Ides of March, after which he will join Sandra Bullock in the Alfonso Cuaron-directed Gravity.
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