'Species' Director Roger Donaldson To Direct Jack The Ripper Thriller 'Immortal'

A new Jack the Ripper project is headed our way, with Deadline reporting that Roger Donaldson (Species, The November Man) will direct the historical thriller Immortal for XYZ Films and GFC.Written by Pete Dowling (Flightplan), the film is produced by Metcalfe and GFC Films out of New Zealand, with XYZ Films executive producing and launching worldwide sales at Cannes.

"In the story, hot-shot Detective Byrnes and rookie cop James McCafferty, whose morals are conflicting, work together on the hunt for London’s serial killer Jack the Ripper who, some believe, sailed to New York after his London killings suddenly ceased in 1888."

"This is an exciting project that I am enthused to be a part of. Jack the Ripper is a haunting and malevolent historical character, and the stories of what happened to him after the London murders refuse to go away. I am looking forward to working with producer Matthew Metcalfe again, to bring this cerebral and thrilling project to audiences," said Donaldson.

Immortal is slated to start production in late 2019 in New Zealand and the UK, with casting currently underway.


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