Lurie takes on Spyglass’ ‘Angel of Death’ project

Pic tells true story of a hospital killer

Rod Lurie (“The Contender”) will rewrite and direct James Manos’ script “The Angel of Death” for Disney-based Spyglass Entertainment.

Project, currently in development, will be produced by Spyglass toppers Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber along with prexy of production Jonathan Glickman. Glickman brought the project to Lurie and will oversee production along with production exec Jeremy Speckler.

Pic tells the true story of Efren Saldivar, a respiratory therapist working at a Glendale hospital who murdered several of his patients. Saldivar was convicted for his crimes and is currently serving a life sentence in a California prison.

Project will center on the police investigation of the tragic killings.

Lurie, who is repped by WMA and APA, is also developing a pilot for NBC that tells parallel stories about the FBI and the mob in a U.S. metropolitan city.

His order of business includes finishing the script for an untitled media project for Steven Spielberg. He next will direct “Beat the Eagle,” a presidential comedy set up at Intermedia Films.

Lurie is then expected to begin helming “Angel” in the last quarter of 2003.

He most recently directed Robert Redford starrer “The Last Castle” for DreamWorks and also helmed a two-hour pilot for ABC called “Capital City,” centered on a young political aide who decides to run against her boss for a seat in Congress.

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