Renfield Director to Helm Adaptation of Serial Killer Romance, Butcher & Blackbird

Lyrical Media and Ryder Picture Company have picked up Brynne Weaver’s serial killer romance book, Butcher & Blackbird for adaptation. The book is the first in Weaver’s Ruinous Love trilogy, which has sold over one million books in eighteen countries.

According to Variety, the adaptation already has Chris McKay on board as director. McKay’s previous credits include The Tomorrow War, the 2021 Prime Video movie starring Chris Pratt; The Lego Batman Movie, which is arguably one of the best Batman films; and Renfield, the vampire comedy starring Nicolas Cage and Nicholas Hoult.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film, per Variety:

Butcher and Blackbird follows two competing killers who target other serial killers as they attempt to one up each other. As their unlikely bond grows into something deeper, they start to wonder if a future together could ever be possible.

The pairing of McKay with this premise suggests that the movie may be on the lighter side of serial killer fare, not surprising since the books are dark romantic comedies. The adaptation currently doesn’t have a writer attached to pen the script, so the project is still in its early days. No news yet on casting, nor on if/when we’ll see the killer romance on screen. icon-paragraph-end

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