Parello returns to helm 'Bundy'
Even before bowing his account of macabre serial killer Ed Gein, U.K. producer-distributor Hamish McAlpine is fast-tracking an adaptation of the exploits of another killer, Ted Bundy.The L.A.-based McAlpine told Daily Variety that director Chuck Parello, who shot the recently wrapped “Ed Gein,” will lense “Bundy” in November. The pic will be produced by Tartan Films, the production arm of McAlpine’s U.K.-based Metro-Tartan distrib, in association with Lew Horwitz and Overseas, which will handle international sales. Budgeted at $3 million, “Bundy” tells the story of the murderer in an “historically accurate manner but with a dark sense of humor,” according to the producer. Friendly markets Overseas is also selling “Ed Gein,” which was picked up at the Cannes Intl. Film Festival for release in Japan, Spain and Sweden, among others. As with all of McAlpine’s films, his Metro-Tartan will distrib the pic in the U.K., where it bows as the premiere film at London’s new Frightfest horror festival in August. Pic recounts the true story of a 1950s Wisconsin man whose story has provided the basis for such horror films as “Psycho,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” After picking up rights to Martin Amis’ “London Fields” at the Sundance Film Festival this year, McAlpine and co-producer Chris Hanley have signed Charles McDougal (“Queer as Folk”) to direct. McAlpine and Hanley also recently picked up the rights to Jennifer Bell’s “Going Down,” which had previously been optioned by Madonna. Roberta Hanley will co-adapt the screenplay with Karen Nichols.