Television creator and innovator Ryan Murphy is developing a different kind of monster story for Netflix.
Murphy–the man behind such TV successes as American Horror Story, Ratched and Scream Queens–is hard at work on a mini-series for the streamer that will put a new twist on the horrific story of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, according to Deadline.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story–slated to start shooting in January–was created by Murphy and his sometime collaborator Ian Brennan (Glee, Hollywood). Carl Franklin (Mindhunters) is on board to direct the series along with Janet Mock (Pose), who also will handle the screenplay.
Richard Jenkins–an Oscar-nominated actor for The Visitor (2007) and The Shape of Water (2017)–reportedly will star as Dahmer’s father Lionel. There is no word yet on who will be cast in the lead role, but reports have Murphy and the show’s producers “casting a wide net” for someone to play the demanding role. Casting also is underway for another leading role–that of Glenda Cleveland, Dahmer’s former neighbor who tried to alert the police to his actions.
The mini-series, according to reports, will be told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims, and will take place from the 1960s up to the 1990s, when Dahmer finally was captured. The series also is expected to dramatize the struggles the police experienced during the manhunt, including the times Dahmer was arrested and then released.
Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on casting and production schedules for Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix.