Mark Romanek in talks to direct ‘The Boston Strangler’ starring Casey Affleck



Director of the excellent One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, plus a number of music documentaries, Mark Romanek is in final talks to direct The Boston Strangler.

The film was first talked about over a year ago, when Casey Affleck was attached to both star in and produce the film. Affleck is still onboard, and fingers crossed then that Romanek takes the job as he is well suited to the genre. I am sure you all remember feeling rather creeped out by Robin Williams in One Hour Photo, and Never Let Me go had a nice dark edge to it.

The Boston Strangler is said to be similar in tone to David Fincher’s Seven and Zodiac, and it turns out that both Romanek and Fincher are good friends!

Affleck pitched the idea of The Boston Strangler to Warner Brothers in December 2012, and here is how Deadline reported the film synopsis:

While Albert DeSalvo was convicted of crimes unrelated to the Boston Strangler case, the public was spun to believe he was the man behind the 13 gruesome murders of women in Boston for over a year and a half. There is still belief that more than one killer was involved, and that DeSalvo was a pawn in a bigger conspiracy. The movie follows an ambitious detective who is willing to risk career and life in a race to bring down the most notorious sexual predator of the day, while battling a political cover-up by corrupt politicians and lawyers trying to save their careers. Boston pols were desperate for a conviction; the early murders centered on older women living alone, but when police found a 21-year old victim, the public panicked. Soon, guns and door locks became scarce in Boston and pressure grew to end the hysteria by locking up someone.

Casey Affleck will executive produce and most likely star in the film as one of the detectives working on the case, while Warners own Langley Park (who produced Gangster Squad) will produce. The film has already been likened to David Fincher’s classic serial killer flicks Seven and Zodiac, and with Affleck starring in the film and the actual content of the story, this could be a really special film indeed.


Here is how Wikipedia described The Boston Strangler case:

The Boston Strangler is a name attributed to the murderer (or murderers) of several women in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, in the early 1960s.  Though the crimes were attributed to Albert DeSalvo after his confession to the murders was revealed in court during a separate case, parties investigating the stranglings have since suggested the murders (sometimes known as the silk stocking murders) were not committed by one person.

The initial sobriquet for the perpetrator or perpetrators of the crimes was, “The Mad Strangler of Boston.”  The July 8, 1962, edition of the Sunday Herald, in an article entitled “Mad Strangler Kills Four Women in Boston,” declared in its opening paragraph, “A mad strangler is loose in Boston.”  The killer (or killers) also was known initially as “The Phantom Fiend” or “The Phantom Strangler” due to the uncanny ability of the perpetrator (or perpetrators) to get women to allow him into their apartments.  By the time DeSalvo’s confession was aired in open court, the name “The Boston Strangler” had become part of crime lore.

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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