Toronto: Nick Broomfield's 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper' Gets U.S. Distribution

Grim Sleeper Still - H 2014
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Grim Sleeper Still - H 2014

HBO Documentary Films acquires the doc about a notorious serial killer case

HBO Documentary Films has snapped up the U.S. rights to Nick Broomfield’s campaigning doc Tales of the Grim Sleeper.

The deal with Submarine follows the documentary screening in Toronto after debuting in Telluride and ahead of a screening at the New York Film Festival in early October. The film by British director Broomfield investigates the impact of class, race and poverty on a notorious serial killer case in south central Los Angeles in 2010.

When Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested as the suspected murderer of a string of young black women, police hailed it as the climax of 20 years of investigations. Four years later, Broomfield visited the alleged killer's neighborhood to find out if the police had earned their self-given kudos.

The U.S. rights deal was negotiated by Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine. Sky Atlantic originally commissioned Tales of the Grim Sleeper.

The film was produced by Marc Hoeferlin, in association with British Sky Broadcasting, which is handling international sales.