Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe to Empire!
Save up to 63%
Halo 5 Guardians
The Master Chief returns
Movie News

Daredevil Debuts A Season 2 Poster
Concept art heads to NYCC
Terminator Genisys Producer Says The Franchise Is ''Re-Adjusting''
Dana Goldberg insists plans are not on hold indefinitely
The Good Lie's Philippe Falardeau Directing The Bleeder
Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts still on board the boxing drama
Disney's Moana Finds Its Lead Voice
Aula'i Carvalho will play the young explorer
Lex Luthor Makes The Fortune 500
Jesse Eisenberg's archvillain finds fame
Sony Plans A Danger Mouse Movie
Ooh crikey!
More Movie News

23 September 2015
Patrick Heusinger Will Be Jack Reacher 2's Villain
He's joining the sequel
More Movie News

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Oblivion (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Jack Reacher (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Rock Of Ages (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Monster Of Florence Attracts Tom Cruise
New film about an Italian serial killer

05 September 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

According to author Douglas Preston – not to be confused with Victoria Wood’s long-time sidekick, Duncan Preston – Tom Cruise and his company, United Artists, have snapped up the rights to his non-fiction book, The Monster Of Florence.

The Monster of Florence was a serial killer who terrorised the Italian city between 1968 and 1985, chalking up eight grisly double murders. To this date, he has never been caught.

Preston’s book actually revolves around a series of conversations that the author had with an Italian journalist, Mario Spezi, after the American had moved to Italy and become fascinated with the case. The two men decide to investigate the murders, even tracking down and talking to the man they believed committed the murders. But, along the way, Preston and Spezi fell foul of the law, with Spezi himself imprisoned on suspicion of being the Monster.

Heady stuff. Cruise will produce the movie and might even star in the movie (we’d guess that he would play Preston, but you never know – he might want to stretch himself with an Italian accent.)

Either way, a decision won’t be made until the script is delivered by Chris McQuarrie, who most recently wrote Valkyrie, Cruise’s forthcoming WWII thriller.

FYI, the most recent Preston novel to make it to the big screen? The schlocky Peter Hyams flick, The Relic. We’re guessing that The Monster Of Florence will be better. Call it a hunch.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Michael Caine IS Harry Brown
An elderly vigilante loose in London
Raimi And Maguire Back For More Spideys
Plan to shoot 4 and 5 back-to-back

Your Comments

Tom (i am a robot)Cruise
Scientology is a dumbass religion for stupid rich people. Can't be arsed with anthing the umpa lumpa is involved with. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 19:51 on 08 September 2008 | Report This Post

Tom (i am a robot)Cruise
Scientology is a dumbass religion for stupid rich people. Can't be arsed with anthing the umpa lumpa is involved with. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 19:51 on 08 September 2008 | Report This Post

Im a huge fan of the works of Preston & Child. "The Relic" was not on the same level as the book of the same name because the screenplay didnt feature one of the integral characters, Agent Pendergast. I have also read the pretty nasty story of the "Monster of Florence" and how Douglas Preston and his sidekick ended up being accused of crimes themselves related to the case. Not sure how it will transfer to a movie but the book is worth a read if you fancy a dose of serial More

Posted by oldstuff at 22:02 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

Well, The Relic was about Peter Hyams' best film of the past 15 years, so all things are relative. But this project as a whole sounds rather interesting, though very Zodiac. Chris McQuarrie can write excellent screenplays if he wants to, and I'm still cautiously optimistic regarding Valkyrie. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 12:03 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

Denis Villeneuve Talks Sicario
On his cartel thriller and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel

Tomorrowland: The Viewing Guide
Brad Bird talks through his sci-fi adventure, scene by scene

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

My Movie Life: Justin Kurzel
The Macbeth director on how Rocky changed his life and the worst ever date movie

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

All Hail Macbeth! The Scottish Play On Film
By the pricking of our thumbs, ten adaptations this way come(s)

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)