EXCLUSIVE: Peter Facinelli‘s A7SLE Films has snapped up rights to true-story saga The Devil’s Rooming House, M. William Phelps’ chronicle of early 20th century murderess Amy Archer-Gilligan. Credited as America’s most prolific female serial killer, Archer-Gilligan ran a nursing home that played host to a curiously high number of fatalities between 1907 and 1917. Most of the deaths were found to be caused by poisoning, and bulk arsenic buyer “Sister Amy” was eventually found guilty of murder. (Her story later inspired Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 play Arsenic and Old Lace and its subsequent film adaptation starring Cary Grant.) The Devil’s Rooming House is the latest adaptation acquisition for Facinelli and A7SLE Films, who just finished production with FilmDistrict on The Last Word based on Frank Mancuso Jr.’s documentary of the same name. Facinelli’s Whitey Bulger event series, based on the book Street Soldier, is also in development. Facinelli, late of the Twilight Saga and Nurse Jackie, is currently recurring on Glee. A7SLE’s Rob DeFranco negotiated the deal with Matthew Valentinas for Phelps. Facinelli and DeFranco are repped by APA, Intellectual Artists Management and attorney Barry Littman.
Fox Developing Event Series About Whitey Bulger’s Enforcer With Peter Facinelli Co-Starring & Michael De Luca Producing
EXCLUSIVE: While Warner Bros. is working on its Ben Affleck/Matt Damon Whitey Bulger feature, another project about New England’s most notorious crime boss is coming together, this time in TV. Fox has put in development Street Soldier, an event series that has The Twilight Saga alum Peter Facinelli attached to play a lead and executive produce and Michael De Luca to executive produce. Street Soldier chronicles the life of boxer and drug dealer Eddie MacKenzie as an enforcer for Bulger and details how he was able to extricate himself from Whitey’s gang without getting killed. Larry Golin will write the script based on MacKenzie’s memoir Street Soldier: My Life As An Enforcer For Whitey Bulger And The Boston Irish Mob, co-penned by Phyllis Karas. De Luca, Golin and Facinelli will executive produce with Facinelli’s producing partner at A7SLE Films Rob DeFranco and Ted Mann (Hatfields & McCoys). A7SLE Films acquired Street Soldier several years ago and originally developed it as an indie feature.
FilmDistrict has come on to co-finance and release the true story horror pic, set to hit theaters in 2014. Based on actual events, The Last Word unfolds after a young Texas man is wrongfully convicted and executed for the rape and murder of a nun. Filming on the Boss Media and A7SLE Films production begins this summer from a script by Ben Ketai (Chosen). Boss Media’s Frank Mancuso Jr is producing with Eric Gores, Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco of A7SLE Films and FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel and Lia Buman.