SAN ANTONIO — A film about a San Antonio-born serial killer hits the market at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
Deadline reported that AGC Studios is looking for a buyer for a film about Rodney James Alcala, known as “The Dating Game Killer”.
The film, which is expected to star actress Anna Kendrick, has already been acquired by Netflix, but is no longer tied to the streaming service, Deadline reported.
Kendrick is also set to produce the film with his company Let’s Go Again, along with JD Lifshitz and Raphael Margules with BoulderLight Pictures, and Roy Lee and Miri Yoon with Vertigo Entertainment.
Chloe Okuno will direct the film, reports Deadline.
The film is based on the actual episode of “The Dating Game” which paired bachelor Alcala with bachelor Cheryl Bradshaw.
By the time of the 1978 episode, Alcala had already killed at least five women and was charged with the attempted murder of an 8-year-old girl, according to ABC News. No one on the show knew about the charge because there was no national database or technology for background checks.
“He had a mystique about him that I found uncomfortable,” executive producer Mike Metzger told ABC News.
After corresponding on the show, Bradshaw met Alcala and they were to go on a chaperoned date.
Bradshaw knew almost immediately something was wrong and didn’t want to go through with the exit, Ellen Metzger, the show’s contest coordinator, told ABC News.
“She said, ‘Ellen, I can’t date this guy. There’s some weird vibes about him. He’s very strange. I’m not comfortable. Is it going to be a problem? And of course I said ‘No,'” she said.
Alcala’s crimes were not revealed until the following year, when he was charged with the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe. It was then that investigators found evidence and hundreds of images of unidentified women and children.
Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for five murders in California between 1977 and 1979. He was sentenced to an additional 25 years to life in 2013 after pleading guilty to two homicides in New York.
In 2016 he was charged again after DNA evidence linked him to the 1977 death of a 28-year-old woman who was six months pregnant. He was never tried because he was too ill.
While on death row, he was never executed; he died of natural causes in June at age 77.
Authorities estimate he killed up to 130 people, but the true number of victims may never be known.
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