Robert Schwentke to direct adaptation

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.

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