Agnieszka Lukasiak's Swedish Serial Killer Movie Comes Into Focus
LONDON --The true story of Swedish serial killer Thomas Quick is to be written and will be directed by Agnieszka Lukasiak (Between Two Fires) for a big screen adaptation titled Repent.
U.K.-based production banner Peapie Films is partnering with Steve Golin's Anonymous Content to produce Repent from Lubasiak, who spent her early years as a documentarian interviewing the killer.
In the 1990’s, Quick confessed to having killed over 30 victims in Scandinavia and was subsequently convicted and jailed for eight murders. Then in 2001, Quick revealed that he had fabricated it all.
Further investigation into his claims proved that he was right, and a huge question mark on the Swedish judicial system has been raised as a result.
The film aims to explore Quick’s lies, motives and confessions through the eyes of an investigative journalist who, like Agnieszka, unearthed a reality of Quick’s past that few today have come to realise.
At aged 18 Lukasiak was interviewing Quick on a regular basis from his room in his psychiatric hospital and has maintained a relationship with him for the past 15 years.
Her resume boasts several theatrical documentaries including Bortglomda (Forgotten), Algeria: The Nameless War and Ya basta.
In 2010 she directed her debut fiction feature Between Two Fires following a young woman and her daughter trying to escape from child trafficking in Belarus, and ending up in a refugee camp in northern Sweden.
Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar’s Embankment Films will handle worldwide sales for the project.
PeaPie Films founder and producer Kris Thykier said with the filmmaker, the story and her unique relationship with the killer, he aims to produce "a truly international, commercial thriller."
Lukasiak said: "It's a story that I have been living for the past 15 years and it has been horrifying, shocking and eye-opening. I think it’s a unique story that is important to tell, as it is significant enough to spark changes in the justice system. At the same time it has all of the elements of a great thriller."
Thykier founded PeaPie Films at the end of 2009.
Thykier is currently producing One Chance for The Weinstein Company and is in post-production on I Give It A Year, Dan Mazer’s comedy starring Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Rafe Spall and Simon Baker.
His recent productions include W.E. written and directed by Madonna and starring Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy and Oscar Isaac.