Barry L. Levy will direct “Stranglehold,” a movie about the Boston Strangler Task Force with Todd Garner and Sean Robins producing through their Broken Road company.
The Solution Entertainment Group will finance the project and produce “Stranglehold.” Myles Nestel is producing with Lisa Wilson, and Stephen Emery is executive producing.
Levy is set to make his directorial debut and will helm from his own script. His screenwriting credits include “Vantage Point” and “Paranoia.”
“Stranglehold” tells the untold true story of the Boston Strangler Task Force, which was assembled as a special unit by the Massachusetts Attorney General to stop the serial killer after more than a dozen unsolved murders in the early 1960s. What no one could have predicted was that this group, led by a disgraced Boston Police Detective and a Hollywood psychic, would unearth an even more heinous crime.
Producers are planning to begin casting immediately.
The Boston Strangler crimes were attributed to Albert DeSalvo, who confessed and was sentenced to life in prison in 1967. He was stabbed to death in prison in 1973.
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Broken Road produced “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” starring Kevin James. The film debuts on Netflix in November. The studio begins production on “Cadaver” for Screen Gems in November as well, and has an untitled Rebel Wilson project, “Vacation Friends” with Ice Cube, and “Mortal Kombat” all in active development.
The Solution’s slate includes “Bleed for This,” starring Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart; “Oppenheimer Strategies,” with Richard Gere, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Michael Sheen; Frank Grillo’s “Wheelman”; and “Man Down,” toplined by Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Jai Courtney and Kate Mara.
Levy also wrote the upcoming “Ghost in the Machine” for Amazon Studios and Lindy Goldstein Prods., and “Track Down” for NBC. He is represented by UTA and Kaplan Perrone Entertainment.