Warner Bros. has acquired the John Leake book “Entering Hades” and has attached Robert Schwentke to direct the adaptation.
The book, published late last year by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is about Jack Unterweger, a journalist who led a double life strangling prostitutes in Vienna and Los Angeles, and covering his own crimes in the early 1990s. Unterweger hanged himself after receiving a life sentence.
Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein will produce through their Landscape Entertainment and Elysium Films banners. Shara Kay will be executive producer.
“Robert, Richard and I want to do a movie that is more than a dark serial killer story,” Cooper said. “This is about the power of celebrity, and what happens when this sociopath goes to Los Angeles, a city that is the prototype for reinvention.”
Schwentke’s latest film, “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” will be distributed by WB in 2009.