James Franco is set to both direct and star as satanic serial killer Richard Ramirez in a new feature based on true-crime author Philip Carlo’s “The Night Stalker” reports The New York Post.
In 1985, Ramirez went on a rampage of sexual assault and murder, entering homes at night and generating fear throughout Southern California. He was later found guilty of thirteen counts of murder, five attempted murders, eleven sexual assaults and fourteen burglaries.
The film will also explore how Ramirez, who is currently on death row, became a killer. It’s being co-produced by Soundgarden lead singer
Nicolas Constantine penned the screenplay and is co-producing with Cornell. Franco will start shooting the film this summer when he’s on a break from Yale.