The Dating Game: Anna Kendrick makes directorial debut with true crime serial killer thriller

Back in April, we heard that Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) were in advanced talks to star in the true crime serial killer thriller The dating game – and at that time, Watcher director Chloe Okuno was attached to direct the film. Well, things have changed since April. Deadline reports, which Okuno is no longer involved with The dating gameand instead Kendrick makes his directorial debut on this film.

Screenplay by Ian MacAllister McDonald, The dating game is

based on the stranger-than-fiction true story of Cheryl Bradshaw, who was a bachelor on the hit 70s TV matchmaking show The dating game and chose handsome and funny bachelor number one, Rodney Alcala. But behind Alcala’s charming facade was a deadly secret: He was a psychopathic serial killer.

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios is financing and producing The dating game with Kendrick, BoulderLight Pictures’ JD Lifshitz and Raphael Margules, and Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Miri Yoon. Filming is scheduled to begin at the end of October.

Kendrick had this to say about taking on the job of directing the film: “I have loved this script from the moment I read it. And while I was obviously excited to play the character Cheryl, I felt so connected to the story, the tone, and the themes of gender and intimacy that when the opportunity arose to direct the film, I jumped at it. It feels the meaning. The support I have already received from Stuart Ford and everyone at AGC, Vertigo and BoulderLight has been inspiring and empowering.

Ford issued the following statement:Anna has such an innate feel for the characters in this film and the tone of the film that it makes perfect sense for her to step behind the camera and direct it and support her vision for the film to move forward with our partners at BoulderLight and Vertigo.

The history about The dating game was already enough to make me want to see it, and after seeing it Watcher I was really looking forward to seeing what Okuno would do with it. Now it will be interesting to see how Kendrick does with his first directing gig.

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