According to a spokesman from Warner Bros. Studios, the movie production company picked up a pitch from Casey Affleck, brother of Ben, to make a film about the Boston Strangler.
“That information is accurate,” a spokesman told BostInno Friday night, from California.
Deadline.com first reported the news about the pitch being acquired by the studio earlier this week. The Hollywood watchdog website said Affleck, who tossed the idea towards the company, would also likely play the leading role in the film, portraying a detective trying to capture the man responsible for killing 13 women in the Hub from 1962 to 1964.
The spokesman from Warner confirmed that the film would be produced by Langley Park, a studio-based production company at Warner Bros., and a Boston-native would be tasked with writing the script, highlighting the investigators that tirelessly tried to track down the strangler in the early 1960’s.
Fifty years after the Strangler’s first murder, many questions remain unanswered.
Although Warner Bros. didn’t say the project would actually be filmed in Boston, the announcement comes at a time when the Massachusetts Film Office said more productions are shooting in the Bay State bringing significant financial benefits to the area.
In a recent press release from the MFO, officials said Massachusetts also ranked in the top 10 locations worldwide for film production in the country.
In 2011, the feature films shot in the Commonwealth generated $222 million in spending from production companies, according to Department of Revenue estimates.
Affleck, who is slated to be the executive producer for the film, is no novice when it comes to Boston-based flicks.
He starred in both “Gone Baby Gone,” which was directed by his brother, and played a role in “Good Will Hunting” alongside both Ben and Matt Damon.
The group of local celebs has had their eye on other Boston crime-related productions as well.
In late 2011, Damon and Ben Affleck announced they had a vested interest in making a biopic about notorious mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who is currently awaiting trial for his alleged role in 19 murders.
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