Anne Kendrick He will soon be directing his first film, a thriller based on the true story of “The Dating Game Killer” and the contestant who chose him as the most eligible bachelor.
According to a new press release via PEOPLEKendrick will produce, star in and direct the film, aptly titled The dating gameAdapted from a script previously written by Ian MacAllister McDonald.
After the 1970s true crime case of rodney alcalathe film is said to focus on cheryl bradshaw (played by Kendrick), the maiden from the 1978 episode of The dating game who chose Alcalá as the winner of an appointment.
According to The New York Times, after choosing Alcalá in The dating gameBradshaw ended up not going on a date with him because he found him “disturbing”.
Not long after his appearance on the show, Alcalá was found guilty of brutally murdering seven people between 1971 and 1979 in California and New York. Alcala died of natural causes while on death row in July 2021; according to local reports, officials still suspect that he may have been involved in many more violent attacks.
The press release didn’t reveal a full cast lineup, but it did note that principal photography is scheduled to begin late next month, so maybe we’ll get our first look near the end of the spooky season!
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The official synopsis for the film was shared and it seemed to stick to the terrifying timeline of events that wowed audiences more than 40 years ago.
“The stranger-than-fiction true story of Cheryl Bradshaw, who was a bachelorette on the hit ’70s TV show. The dating game and chose the handsome and funny number one bachelor, Rodney Alcala. But behind Alcalá’s charming facade was a deadly secret: he was a psychopathic serial killer.”
While the film claims to be based on a true story, it’s unclear how much of the thriller will be fictionalized or altered for entertainment purposes.
And if you’re wondering why Kendrick chose a rather insidious story as her directorial debut, according to statements shared with the media, it is because she “loved this script from the moment [she] read them”.
Kendrick further explained, “And while I was obviously excited to play the character of Cheryl [Bradshaw]I felt so connected to the story, the tone, and the themes of gender and intimacy that when the opportunity to direct the film presented itself, I jumped at it.”