It was only a matter of time until someone optioned M. William Phelps’ The Devil’s Rooming House for the big (or little) screen. The story of America’s most prolific female serial killer is far too fascinating to pass up, after all.
Deadline is reporting that Peter Facinelli’s A7SLE Films has optioned The Devil’s Rooming House for the screen. An adaptation of M. William Phelps’ novel, it tells the story of Amy Archer-Gilligan, a nursing home administrator responsible for a series of poisonings between 1907 and 1917. According to the article, bulk arsenic buyer “Sister Amy” was eventually found guilty of murder, with her story serving as the basis for Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 play Arsenic and Old Lace.
A7SLE’s Rob DeFranco negotiated the deal with Matthew Valentinas for Phelps.
While it’s too early to talk about casting, it’ll be interesting watching this project take shape. More to come.
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