In 2014, the year Coon broke out in “The Leftovers” and “Gone Girl,” we heard about another Boston Strangler film in development, with Casey Affleck attached to the star and Mark Romanek in talks. to realize. Affleck grew up in the greater Boston area and is already associated there on celluloid through films like “Gone Baby Gone” and “Good Will Hunting”. However, her reputation took a hit after allegations of sexual harassment against her surfaced and ultimately her movie Boston Strangler never came to fruition.
This new “Boston Strangler” project, with Knightley and Coon playing characters who “challenged the sexism” of the 1960s, comes from filmmaker Matt Ruskin. He previously wrote and directed LaKeith Stanfield’s star “Crown Heights,” which won the Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. When Deadline first broke the news of Knightley’s casting last month, he noted that Ruskin had “researched McLaughlin and Cole by searching for their families and their actual research since the early 1960s”.
The Boston Strangler Affair was also the subject of a 1968 film aptly titled “The Boston Strangler,” starring Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda. Ridley Scott is co-producing this new film through his production company, Scott Free.
“Boston Strangler” begins filming in December.