Permut sees ‘Zodiac’ in Fox’s future

Thriller based on true story of serial killer in '60s and early '70s

The stars and the planets have aligned, and David Permut has sealed a deal to executive produce the telepic “The Zodiac,” in development at Fox.

The thriller is based on the true story of the serial killer who called himself “Zodiac.” The Zodiac killer was responsible for the deaths of as many as 60 people — always on a full moon — in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Fox Television Studios will produce “The Zodiac,” which was written by George Gallo and Brad Johnson.

Permut and Gallo have previously teamed on the 20th Century Fox feature “29th Street,” which Gallo wrote; and the upcoming Touchstone pic “Double Take,” which Permut produced and Gallo wrote and directed.

Permut’s other credits include the feature “Face/Off” and the made-for-TV film “Breaking the Silence.” Gallo’s resume includes “Midnight Run,” “Wiseguys” and “Bad Boys.”

Steve Longi and Julie Lott-Gallo also produce.

Permut is repped by Linda Lichter at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler; Gallo’s deal was negotiated by ICM’s Diane Fraser and attorney Kevin Marks at Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown; and Johnson is repped by Adam Kaller at Behr-Abrahmson.

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