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‘Twilight’ Actor Peter Facinelli Working on Nathan Hale Movie

Peter Facinelli’s A7SLE Films has acquired movie rights to M. William Phelps’ “Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy.”

Hale was executed at the age of 21 in 1776 by the British after being discovered as a spy during the Revolutionary War. His last words were “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country” before he was hanged.

The book was originally in development at Warner Bros. in 2007 and was acquired by Facinelli when the deal lapsed.

“I am excited to bring the story of Nathan Hale to life, a man who sacrificed everything for what he believed in,” Facinelli said.

Facinelli, who played Carlisle Cullen in the “Twilight” films, recently finished production through his A7SLE Films on “The Last Word” and will soon begin production on NBC’s midseason drama “Odyssey.”

A7SLE’s Rob DeFranco negotiated the deal with Matthew Valentinas for Phelps.
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"Devil," "Merciless," "Means" Script Deals

Devil's Moving House

Max La Bella has been hired to script a biopic about murderess Amy Archer-Gilligan called "The Devil's Rooming House" at A7SLE Films.

Based on the novel by M. William Phelps, the story follows the unassuming nursing home proprietress who had a curiously high number of fatalities occur in her house between 1907 and 1917. Her story would go on to inspire the play and film "Arsenic And Old Lace." [Source: Deadline]

The Merciless

Lionsgate has acquired film rights to Danielle Vega's upcoming horror novel "The Merciless" and set "Pretty Little Liars" creator Marlene King to adapt the novel.

Inspired by real events, the story follows a new girl at a small-town high school who is taken in by the popular clique, only to have them compel her into joining them in a dangerous exorcism of a punky, rebellious classmate. [Source: Heat Vision]

Any Means Necessary

"Boondocks" executive producer Rodney Barnes has been
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Demonic Scribe Heads into The Devil's Rooming House

The James Wan-produced supernatural horror flick Demonic is headed our way later this year, which was co-written by a man named Max La Bella. Today we've learned that La Bella has more sinister thrills and chills up his sleeve, as he next finds himself in The Devil's Rooming House. Read on!

Deadline reports that A7SLE Films has hired La Bella to script the true story adaptation about early 20th century murderess Amy Archer-Gilligan, an unassuming nursing home proprietress who had a curiously high number of fatalities occur in her house between 1907 and 1917.

The majority of the deaths were found later to be caused by poisoning, and Archer-Gilligan was found guilty of multiple counts of murder.

A7SLE Films, the production shingle co-founded by Twilight star Peter Facinelli, snapped up rights to writer M. William Phelps’ chronicle of the Archer-Gilligan saga last year.

Facinelli and Rob DeFranco are set to produce
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Demonic Scribe Max La Bella to Adapt The Devil’s Rooming House

The project first announced last November, Deadline is today reporting that Demonic scribe Max La Bella will draft A7SLE Films' upcoming adaptation of the book, The Devil's Rooming House by M. William Phelps. Published in 2010, it is described on the author's official site as follows: A silent, simmering killer terrorized New England in 1911.…

The post Demonic Scribe Max La Bella to Adapt The Devil’s Rooming House appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Real-Life Serial Killer Joins Dark Minds Season 2 on Investigation Discovery

The popularity of shows like “The Following” and “Dexter” proves how fascinated we are with serial killers, and in the new season of Investigation Discovery's "Dark Minds," viewers will hear from a real convicted serial killer, who formulates theories about the motives of unsolved murders.

Synopsis:

In "Dark Minds" non-fiction crime author M. William Phelps and criminal profiler John Kelly revisit unsolved homicides believed to be the work of serial killers. Joining them in the hunt for answers this season is a new anonymous source: a convict currently serving time for a series of murders. Known to audiences only as "Raven," this unique source offers his "expert" opinion about potential motivations behind these chilling cold cases, using his own personal experience to formulate theories.

Featuring crimes as horrific as those committed by the infamous I-70 Killer and the original Night Stalker, "Dark Minds" brings fresh eyes to unsolved serial
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'Silence of the Lambs' for Real: 'Dark Minds' Uses a Serial Killer to Catch Serial Killers

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'Silence of the Lambs' for Real: 'Dark Minds' Uses a Serial Killer to Catch Serial Killers
No one understands a serial killer like a serial killer. The premise helped inspire the fictional "The Silence of the Lambs," and now it fuels the real investigations on "Dark Minds," the new Investigation Discovery series that premieres Wednesday night. On it, crime author M. William Phelps and criminal profiler John Kelly revisit unsolved serial-killer cases with the help of "13" -- a convicted killer heard only over the telephone. (Pictured: Phelps, left, with Kelly.) Phelps, a former consultant on "Dexter," has a personal stake: His own sister-in-law was murdered by a serial killer
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'Dark Minds' to Investigation Discovery on January 25

Tune in alert for author M. William Phelps and Criminal Profiler John Kelly Build comprehensive profiles of suspected serial killers in "Dark Minds", premiering Wednesday, January 25 at 10 Pm Et. Investigation Discovery.s new series "Dark Minds", crime author M. William Phelps and criminal profiler John Kelly revisit unsolved homicides believed to be the work of serial killers. Joining them in the hunt for answers is an unlikely and anonymous source: a convict serving multiple life sentences for a series of murders. Known only to audiences as .13,. this unique source offers his .expert. opinion about potential motivations behind these chilling cold cases, using his own personal experience to formulate theories. Featuring crimes as horrific as those
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