George Clooney to Star as Douglas Preston in MONSTER OF FLORENCE

Fox 2000 has picked up the movie rights to the true crime bestseller The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, according to Deadline. George Clooney is set to star in the movie as Preston.

In 2000, Douglas Preston, who co-authors the popular Agent Pendergast series with Lincoln Child, moved to Italy to write a murder mystery novel. He ended up partnering with Italian journalist Spezi to investigate one of Italy’s most infamous serial killers, the Monster of Florence. From 1974 to 1985 the killer murdered couples as they parked in lovers’ lanes. Preston and Spezi narrowed down the list of suspects and identified one in particular who they thought was guilty, however, according to USA Today, the man was never arrested. The book details their investigation, including their problems with the Italian authorities.

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Synopsis of The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi:

In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt (“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”) and Erik Larson (“The Devil in the White City”), New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence, Italy.

In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more. This is the true story of their search for–and identification of–the man they believe committed the crimes, and their chilling interview with him. And then, in a strange twist of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation. Preston has his phone tapped, is interrogated, and told to leave the country. Spezi fares worse: he is thrown into Italy’s grim Capanne prison, accused of being the Monster of Florence himself. Like one of Preston’s thrillers, The Monster Of Florence, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, and suicide-and at the center of it, Preston and Spezi, caught in a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta.

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