United Artists nabs florentine monster

United Artists has bought the rights to produce a movie out of Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi’s non-fiction book, The Monster Of Florence. according to Wikipedia, the story goes something like this:

Preston moved his family to Italy in 2000. Upon arrival, he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more.

This is the true story of their search for, and identification of, the man they believe committed the crimes, and their chilling interview with him. And then, in a strange twist of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation. Preston has his phone tapped, is interrogated, and told to leave the country. Spezi fares worse: he is thrown into Italy’s grim Capanne prison, accused of being the Monster of Florence himself. Like one of Preston’s thrillers, The Monster Of Florence, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, and suicide-and at the center of it, Preston and Spezi, caught in a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta.

Tom Cruise, United Artists’ boss, might star in the film. Spezi had previously written another eponymous book on the subject, which he adapted in a 1986 Italian horror film. Preston is best known for his collaborations with Lincoln Child, particulary the Agent Pendergast stories (The Relic).

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