Directors Drawn to Ripper Trilogy

Based on real life serial killer

Between 1975 and 1980, Peter Sutcliffe garnered the name “The Yorkshire Ripper” in England after killing 13 women. The hunt for Sutcliffe will become the subject of a trilogy shepherded by the UK’s Channel 4.

The films – 1975, 1980, 1983 – are based on three of four books from David Peace’s “Red Riding Quartet,” and according to Variety, “involve examinations of police corruption and perversion of justice in the dogged hunt for the Ripper.”

Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker are on board to direct. Tom Grisoni (Brothers of the Head, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) is adapting. All three films are geared for UK television, however, they’ll be sold as a theatrical package everywhere else.

Source: Variety


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