Cruise and UA Pick Up Monster of Florence

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Tom Cruise and United Artists have acquired rights to serial-killer thriller The Monster of Florence, with Cruise attached to produce and possibly to star, according to Douglas Preston, author of the best-seller.

Variety says Preston (The Relic) and Italian journalist Mario Spezi told Corriere della Sera they have signed with UA for a big-screen adaptation of their reconstruction of eight grisly double homicides believed to have been committed single-handedly between 1968 and 1985 in and around the Italian Renaissance gem.

“The film will have Florence and the Chianti as protagonists: two of the locations most beloved by Americans,” said Spezi, a Florentine crime reporter and “Monster” contributor.

Spezi said the script will be written by Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie) and that Cruise will produce and decide whether he wants to star once he reads it.