Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Trailer for Seventh Son
Jeff Bridges gets his Gandalf on
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
18 August 2014
Ving Rhames Returns For Mission: Impossible 5
The franchise stalwart rejoins Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and co
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
31 January 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
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
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
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

Interesting!
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

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Rogues Gallery: Powers Boothe
Sin City's Roark talks us through his most memorable baddies

Richard Attenborough: In Celebration
Saluting a man who made a lasting impact on cinema and beyond…

Exclusive: Luc Besson Talks Lucy
'There is no bullshit with Scarlett Johansson'

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)