Steve Lillbuen’s book The Devil’s Cinema is set to get a film adaptation with producer David Permut of Face/Off and Hacksaw Ridge and Sam Hobkinson writing and directing the new film. The true-crime movie will revolve around the story of Canadian filmmaker and convicted murderer Mark Twitchell, or most notably, “The Dexter Killer.”
Around the time of his trial and arrest, various news outlets gave Twitchell the nickname “The Dexter Killer” due to the way he murdered John Brian Altinger, with noticeable parallels to Dexter Morgan’s methodologies, as seen in the popular show Dexter. Altinger was brought to Twitchell’s film studio turned “kill room,” where he was bludgeoned, stabbed, dismembered, and placed into various garbage bags for disposal.
“Sam Hobkinson’s interpretations of true crime stories have had such a cinematic flair and style in his extraordinary and critically acclaimed work in documentaries,” Permut said to Deadline. “I think we have found the perfect filmmaker to capture this riveting and cinematic story.”
Hobkinson is most known for working on projects such as Kleptocrats, Misha and the Wolves, and Fear City. Describing the project as “an immersive thriller that lives in the uneasy world between fact and fiction, a movie that will place the audience in a world that becomes terrifyingly real,” Hobkinson is sure to live up to Permut’s vision of a cinematic true-crime film.
The film is set to debut this month on CBS’s 48 Hours series.