Netflix is adding to its true crime slate with an upcoming feature factual project based on serial killer Dennis Nilsen’s newly published autobiography, The History Of A Drowning Boy, Realscreen confirmed.
According to a Deadline report, the A-list team behind the flick include helmer Michael Harte, who makes his feature directing debut on the project. Harte most recently was the editor on the Emmy-winning Netflix series Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer and the BAFTA-nominated Three Identical Strangers.
Gaby Aung, whose credits include the feature doc Grenfell, is producing with UK indies Raw and Eleven.
Dimitri Doganis (Don’t F**k With Cats) and Sam Starbuck (Ted Bundy: Mind Of A Murderer) are executive producers for Raw with Joel Wilson (Sex Education) of Eleven. Tim Cragg (Fear City New York vs The Mafia) is DoP.
Nilsen was a prolific killer, murdering at least 12 young and boys between 1978 and 1983. He died in prison in 2018. In a stunning reveal in the autobiography, which was published posthumously, he admitted to three more attacks.
The book will not be the only source material used in the making of the film. The filmmakers also have access to Nilsen’s personal archive, as well as interviews with the victims’ family members, survivors, the police and journalists who covered the cases.