Deadline reports that a movie adaptation is on the way for The Devil’s Rooming House, which will be based on M. William Phelps’ chronicle of Amy Archer-Gilligan. Peter Facinelli‘s A7SLE Films has snapped up rights for the true story of America’s prolific female serial killer.
Per Deadline: Archer-Gilligan ran a nursing home that played host to a curiously high number of fatalities between 1907 and 1917. Most of the deaths were found to be caused by poisoning, and bulk arsenic buyer “Sister Amy” was eventually found guilty of murder. (Her story later inspired Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 playArsenic and Old Lace and its subsequent film adaptation starring Cary Grant.) The Devil’s Rooming House is the latest adaptation acquisition for Facinelli and A7SLE Films.
Facinelli, late of the Twilight Saga and Nurse Jackie, is currently recurring on Glee. A7SLE’s Rob DeFranco negotiated the deal with Matthew Valentinas for Phelps. Facinelli and DeFranco are repped by APA, Intellectual Artists Management and attorney Barry Littman.
Lizzie Borden Took an Axe:
Also announced this week is that Lifetime will premiere a movie of parent killer Lizzie Borden, which stars Christina Ricci, on January 25th next year.
Directed by Nick Gomez (Dexter, Flash Forward), the film also stars Billy Campbell as Borden’s lawyer and Clea DuVall (Zodiac, Argo) as her sister.
It’s not just a disturbing nursery rhyme! Now the true story of how Lizzie Borden murdered her parents (or did she?) in the summer of 1892 is being brought to Lifetime, with Christina Ricci as the eponymous Lizzie. The true-crime case captured national attention when it first happened, proving that Americans obsession with scandalous and sordid tales is nothing new.