George Clooney has dabbled in the horror genre many times including classics like From Dusk Till Dawn and obscurities like Return to Horror High. Since he became a mega-star, however, we haven’t seen much of him, but thankfully that’s about to change.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi’s best-selling book The Monster of Florence with George Clooney attached to star. Chris McQuarrie is writing the screenplay with his Valkyrie co-writer Nathan Alexander.
In the fall of 2008, soon after the book’s publication that summer, Tom Cruise optioned rights to the project for United Artists and was originally set to star.
Preston and Spezi’s book is an investigation into the murderer (or murderers) known as Il Mostro, who killed more than a dozen people from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s without being caught. In the course of their digging, Preston, who had moved with his family to a villa in Florence, and Spezi, an Italian crime journalist, were themselves then investigated by the police.
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