James Franco to Direct and Star in Night Stalker Film

No, not Karl Kolchak, everyone’s favorite paranormal investigating reporter. We are talking about one of the most evil men to ever walk the face of the Earth here, the serial killer known as The Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez.

According to The New York Post Golden Globe-nominated James Franco will play satanic serial killer Richard Ramirez and direct the movie version of true-crime author Philip Carlo’s The Night Stalker. The 127 Hours star, making his directing debut, will start shooting this summer when he’s on a break from Yale.

The film, also titled The Night Stalker, will show how Ramirez, currently on death row in California, became a killer. It’s being co-produced by Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell and Nicolas Constantine, who also wrote the screenplay.

Constantine said, “Phil Carlo painted such an amazing portrait of Richard Ramirez, the human being, and it’s that which drew us all to the project. Sure, Ramirez was a monster — but Phil investigated how he became that monster, and that’s what this film is about. This isn’t a horror film (of course not), nor does it glorify Ramirez in any way,” Constantine said. “James Franco shares that vision, and we all agree that he is absolutely the one actor, and now director, who can truly do this very intense role and story justice.”

Look for more on this one as it comes.

James Franco to Direct and Star in Night Stalker Film

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