The network will premiere the film on June 12. The movie will also compete at the New American Cinema competition at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 4.
“The Night Stalker” was the name given to Richard Ramirez, who murdered 14 people and terrorized Los Angeles in the summer of 1985. The movie centers on an attorney, played by Young, who travels to San Quentin on a seemingly impossible mission to clear the name of a death row inmate in Texas whom she believes has been wrongly accused of additional murders that may have been perpetrated by Ramirez.
“The Night Stalker” is produced by Laboratory Productions and MRB Productions with Alisa Tager and Matthew R. Brady producing. The film was written and directed by Megan Griffiths.
Ramirez, an avowed Satanist, was convicted of 13 murders and never expressed any remorse. He died on death row in 2013 of complications from B-cell lymphoma. Variety first reported the casting of Phillips in June.
The production took place last year with a crew of 113. Producers are planning to self-distribute “The Night Stalker” to a few locations next month, including the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, which is about 20 miles from the Mission Viejo neighborhood where Ramirez committed the final homicide in 1985.