Thursday, January 6, 2011

Monster of Florence: George Clooney??

If you haven't read "The Monster of Florence" by Douglas Preston, I highly encourage you run out and do so. If for no other reason that when the movie starring George Clooney hits the big screen, you'll be able to follow the plot line while you stare dreamily into space picturing him in your arms. But seriously, "Monster" was one of the best books I read last year and kept me thoroughly engrossed and on the edge of my seat the entire length of the story. The plot focuses on a serial killer in Florence (roughly thirty-forty years ago), who stalks and murders young lovers--while leaving very little trace of himself. The police are boggled and routinely bungle the murder investigation, and as Preston uncovers, are entirely ill-equipped to handle such a large, sensational murder case. In fact, at one point, the police accuse the author himself of possibly committing the crimes!!

In 2000, Fox acquired film rights to The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi (co-author). According to the Hollywood Reporter, in 2008, "soon after the book's publication that summer, Tom Cruise optioned rights to the project for United Artists, which he was running at the time. Cruise, who would produce and potentially star, set McQuarrie to adapt and produce. When UA stalled amid MGM's restructuring problems, the project went into turnaround. McQuarrie, Jinks and Cohen then took the property to Clooney and Heslov's Smoke House Prods."

Can't wait to sit in the dark and eat popcorn watching this one! Bound to a be a nail biter with great scenery (wink)!

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