Producer Ed Bass will make his directorial debut with Belle, a film based on America's most prolific female serial killer, Belle Gunness, which will be produced and financed by First Line Media.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, around the turn of the 20th century in La Porte County, Ind., Gunness left a trail of buried bodies as she allegedly killed two husbands and dozens of suitors to whom she wrote love letters and who arrived at her farm with fat wallets. Several of her birth and stepchildren mysteriously disappeared as well.
Bass co-wrote the script with Eva Mayer, whose family purchased the farmland and discovered some of the love letters.
"It's classic theme: a woman looking for love and never quite finding it," Bass said. "And when she finally does find love, it eludes her."
The producers are eyeing a shoot in Ohio.