Elijah Wood is starring and producing a new thriller featuring the serial killer Ted Bundy titled ‘No Man of God,’ which has recently been picked up by RLJE Films. Wood will play FBI agent Bill Hagmaier, who frequently interviewed Bundy, played by Luke Kirby, ahead of the serial killer’s execution.
Deadline reports that AMC Networks’ RLJE Films has received the North American rights to the movie which will base its story on the real transcripts and conversations between serial killer Bundy and Agent Hagmaier. It will premier at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere in June and will be released in theaters this August.
The thriller will be directed by Amber Sealey, as her fourth film following ‘A Plus D,’ ‘How to Cheat,’ and ‘No Light and No Land Anywhere.’
“The film is really comprised of a series of conversations and those conversations are lifted in part from real conversations and then recollections from Bill of these conversations,” Wood told EW in April. “As it pertains to things that we do with our company, I’m never reading material thinking of myself as an actor.”
He added, “I’m only ever thinking as a producer. It was a significant way through the process that I was like, I actually do want to do this. I love Bill and I love his journey in this relationship.”
“Bill Hagmaier is the man who’s credited with getting Ted Bundy to come clean about his crimes right before his execution,” Sealey added. “Even though Bill himself is a very religious, very good, very honorable person, he had to forge a friendship with Bundy, in a way, in order to get close enough to him in order for Bundy to feel safe enough to come clean. And he did.”
According to the official synopsis, “Set largely in a single interrogation room, the film is based on real life transcripts culled from conversations between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and serial killer Bundy that took place between 1984 and 1989. The film details the complicated relationship that formed between the two men during Bundy’s final years on death row.”
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