One of history’s most infamous serial killers will get yet another shot at posthumous notoriety with Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman.
Chad Michael Murray–best known for his roles in One Tree Hill and Riverdale–has been cast as the lead in the biopic, according to movieweb.com. The Voltage Pictures film is slated for a theatrical release Aug. 16.
Voltage president Jonathan Deckter called Bundy “the true personification of evil,” but added that Murray’s talent allows him to “expertly capture Bundy’s charm and seductive nature–traits the notorious killer exploited to win the trust of his victims and society.”
Murray will follow in the footsteps of Mark Harmon–who portrayed the serial killer in the 1986 TV miniseries The Deliberate Stranger–and Zac Efron’s interpretation in 2019’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Another related movie–No Man of God (starring The Lord of the Rings Elijah Wood)–also is in development.
American Boogeyman, as explained, will be set in “decadent 1970s America, following the elusive and charming killer–and the manhunt that brought him to justice.” The film also will deal with the efforts of the FBI rookie agent who coined the phrase “serial killer”.
The movie–written and directed by Daniel Farrands (who scripted Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers)–will also feature Lin Shaye (Insidious) and Holland Roden (Escape Room 2). Producers include Lucas Jarach (The Amityville Murders), Daniel Davila (Dead Mine) and Farrands. Alan Pao (The November Man) and Luke Daniels (No Man’s Land) will act as executive producers.
Bundy–who eventually confessed to 30 grisly murders in seven states in the 1970s–was executed for his unthinkable crimes Jan. 24, 1989.
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