Michael Sheen to Direct, Star in True Crime Thriller 'Green River Killer'
The 'Masters of Sex' star also wrote the screenplay about the hunt for an elusive serial killer.
Michael Sheen is set to make his feature directorial debut with the true crime thriller Green River Killer.
QC Entertainment will produce and finance the film, which Sheen will star in and adapt.
Based on Dark Horse Entertainment’s graphic novel Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen, the story centers on Jensen's father, Tom Jensen, a man who spent 20 years looking for so-called Green River Killer Gary Ridgway (Sheen), who he eventually caught. After a two-decade hunt and at least 49 murders, the two men are forced to live and work together in a dark alliance to uncover the truth.
Jonathan Case illustrated the graphic novel, whose adaptation landed on the 2015 Black List.
The film will be produced by Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg, Sheen and QC Entertainment’s Sean McKittrick and Ray Mansfield. QC’s Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Shaun Redick will executive produce.
ICM Partners, which reps Sheen, will co-handle domestic rights with QC Entertainment, which is the recently formed partnership between McKittrick, Hamm, Mansfield and Redick.
“Michael has written an elegant script which brings his sophisticated vision to subverting the typical serial killer movie,” QC principals McKittrick and Mansfield said Friday in a statement. “Jensen and Ridgway are terrific roles for both an actor of Michael’s caliber and the actor cast opposite him. As producers who have long championed actors making the move to directing, we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”
Added Sheen: “This is a dark story but one that ultimately finds hope and meaning in that darkness. The story of Tom and Gary and how they are bound together in time pulled me in from the beginning and wouldn’t let go. I hope that by now bringing it to life on screen it can make audiences feel the same way.”
Among Sheen’s upcoming films are Oppenheimer Strategies, opposite Richard Gere, and Sony’s sci-fi film Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Onstage, he’s an accomplished actor whose credits include the title role in Caligula, directed by Michael Grandage at the Donmar Warehouse.
Sheen is additionally repped by Tammy Rosen of Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and attorneys James Adams and Ira Schreck. The deal for Dark Horse was negotiated by attorney Keith G. Fleer. Ray Mansfield negotiated the deals on behalf of QC Entertainment.