Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi’s best-selling serial killer novel The Monster of Florence has been picked up for a filmed adaptation by Tom Cruise and United Artists, according to Variety. Cruise will produce and possibly star in the film.
The case that inspired Preston and Spezi to write Monster is that of eight grisly double homicides committed between 1968 and 1985, which the police believe were all done by one person. The same case served as the inspiration for Thomas Harris’ Hannibal as well.
The deal serves as the biggest ever done for one of Preston’s novels, the last of which to be made into a film being The Relic.
Once Cruise gets his crazy hands on the script for The Monster of Florence, he will decide if he wants to star in it in addition to producing, which I’m sure would give the film’s press a huge boost if it did happen. Keep it here for updates as we get ‘em, and click here to get Preston & Spezi’s novel through Evilshop!
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