There's a new film about the legendary Zodiac Killer being developed called The Most Dangerous Animal of All. It's based on the The New York Times bestselling book of the same name written by Gary L. Stewart, who claims that his dad, Earl Van Best. Jr., was the Zodiac Killer.
The rights to the book were acquired by Ross Dinerstein and Campfire Entertainment. The plan is to make a documentary first and then they will follow that up with a feature film. The title of the book comes from the 1932 movie The Most Dangerous Game which law enforcement for years has said could have inspired the Zodiac killer.
There have been multiple films made about the Zodiac Killer over the years. My favorite is David Fincher's 2007 film Zodiac, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. I've been fascinated with the Zodiac Killer for a long time. The fact that he was never caught or identified is a major part of the lore that interests people. There have been many theories over the years on who the Zodiac killer could have been.
If you're not familiar with Stewart's story and why he thinks his dad is the Zodiac, here's a rundown from Deadline:
So what is Stewart’s story? He was abandoned in a Baton Rouge stairwell as an infant with only a dirty rag wrapped around him. Thirty-nine years later, Gary (now 55), began his search for his biological parents, revealing a tumultuous affair filled with police records and newspaper articles outlining stories of statutory rape, disturbing connections to satanic cults, and domestic violence.
In May 2013, Gary was finally face-to-face with his biological mother. Three years later, Gary still had one question that had been gnawing at him since the day they met: Who was his father? This missing piece to his biological puzzle led Gary down a 12-year long journey that yielded a result no one would expect: the drawing of the face of the notorious Zodiac killer (as seen by the only victim the survived his attack) is eerily similar — actually almost identical — to the face of his father, Earl Van Best. Jr.
Van Best was also a known suspect in a case that has never been solved. The Zodiac killer claimed to have killed 37 people either by stabbing or shooting. Only one of the victims of the seven murders confirmed directly to the Zodiac killer would survive his attacks. However, there were questions about several others that were not conclusively linked to the serial killer.
Since there was only partial DNA and a partial print collected from the crime scenes, no one has been able to conclusively link anyone directly as the Zodiac killer. The SFPD still has that evidence.
This is certainly going to make for an intriguing documentary and film. The doc will include interviews with Stewart and co-author Susan Mustafa, and will lay out the evidence he compiled. It will be directed by Academy Award-nominated director Keif Davidson (Open Heart, The Ivory Game, Bending the Arc, A Lego Brickumentary and The Devil’s Miner).
Does the mystery behind the Zodiac Killer interest you? If so, and you've dove in and done a little research, who do you think it was?
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