Eric Bana and Terrence Howard are attached to star in "Factor X," a thriller about the capture of the so-called "BTK killer" in Wichita.
Dennis Rader murdered 10 people in and around Wichita, Kan., between 1974-91 and was finally caught in 2005, turning out to be a mild-mannered church leader. The acronym described his modus operandi, which was to bind, torture and kill.
"Factor X," which takes its name from what he described in taunting letters to the police as his motive for murder, tells how a young, black counterterrorism expert from Washington teamed up with a Wichita police detective, who spent his career trying to chase down the killer.
Bana will play the detective and Howard the counterterrorism expert.
Ridley Scott will produce the New Line project, and could also direct.
The script will be written by Gregory Allen Howard, who made a name for himself writing real-life inspirational sports dramas such as "Remember the Titans" and "Ali." Howard came across counterterrorism expert Stanley Campbell at a dinner party thrown by his cousin, a federal judge.
After Howard learned of Campbell's story, and how he invented a data reduction process to rule out suspects, he doggedly pursued the man for a year trying to get his life rights. Campbell eventually caved, partly because of Howard's promise to not make an exploitative movie.
Howard then got Bana on board, followed by actor Terrence Howard. Scott soon followed.
Bana, who last starred in "Munich," will next appear in "Lucky You" with
Drew Barrymore. Howard, who earned an Academy Award nomination for best actor for his performance in last year's "Hustle & Flow," recently joined the cast of "Iron Man," which shoots early next year.
Source: Hollywood Reporter