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Gyllenhaal, Ruffalo, Downey Join Zodiac Picture

"Seven" director David Fincher is revisiting sociopath territory with "Zodiac," reports Variety. Adapted from Robert Graysmith's non-fiction books "Zodiac" and "Zodiac Unmasked," the film follows the string of Zodiac murders that terrorized San Francisco in the 1960s and '70s.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. have all signed on to the project. According to Variety, Gyllenhaal will play Graysmith, a San Francisco Chronicle editorial cartoonist who gathered facts about the Zodiac killer. Ruffalo will play the lead police investigator and Downey will play a reporter.

The Zodiac murders were marked by a series of taunting messages and codes sent to San Francisco police and newspapers. The author of the letters -- a person thought to be the killer -- referred to himself as "The Zodiac." Decades later, the killer remains at large.

Production on the Zodiac film is scheduled to begin in August. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on April 19, 2005 09:41 AM
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