Boston Strangler Film Stranglehold In Development

July 30, 2016

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A new crime-thriller, titled Stranglehold, is currently in development. The film is based on the true story of the Boston Strangler Task Force, who was assembled to track down the serial killer responsible for over a dozen murders in the ’60s.




Screenwriter Barry L. Levy will make his directorial debut with Stranglehold, based on his own script. Levy also penned the scripts for 2013’s Paranoia, Vantage Point, Wolves of Wall Street (2002) and The Brotherhood and the upcoming film Ghost in the Machine. 



Image: Variety

Todd Garner, Sean Robins, Myles Nestel, and Lisa Wilson will be serving as producers, with Stephen Emery as executive producer. The Solution Entertainment Group will be financing the film, according to Variety who claimed the exclusive. The casting process will begin immediately.

The Boston Strangler held the Boston area in a grip of fear in from 1962 to 1964. The nickname was given to the serial killer and rapist who took the lives of 13 women. Albert DeSalvo confessed to the crimes while in prison on separate case. He gave the gruesome details of 11 of the murdered to officials 1967. He was found stabbed to death in his cell in 1973. Nearly 50 years later, DNA  evidence collected from the 1964 Beacon Hill murder was compared to a sample from a water bottle belonging to DeSalvo and samples from his exhumed body confirmed that he was indeed the Boston Strangler.


Albert DeSalvo, the self-proclaimed "Boston Strangler" in a 1967 file photo. (AP Photo)

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