One Tree Hill, A Cinderella Story, Freaky Friday, Gilmore Girls, House of Wax, Dawson Creek.
These famed 2000s TV/movies shared two important points:
1. They were all iconic.
2. They all had Chad Michael Murray in them.
More recently, the 39-year-old actor has been seen in Riverdale as Edgar Evernever and now, it seems he’s been tapped to play Ted Bundy. An exclusive by Screen Daily has confirmed that an upcoming thriller project titled American Boogeyman, will see Murray take on the role of “one of the most notorious serial killers ever”.
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Voltage Pictures (the company that has secured worldwide rights to the project) president and COO Jonathan Deckter describes Bundy and Murray’s subsequent portrayal of Bundy as:
“Ted Bundy is such a fascinatedly divisive character and is the true personification of evil. Murray is so talented and expertly captures Bundy’s charm and seductive nature, traits that the notorious killer exploited to win the trust of his victims as well as society.”
Now, Murray is the second heartthrob to bring the killer to life on the big screen. He follows High School Musical alumna Zac Efron, who played the serial killer in the Netflix biographical crime drama film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Efron’s film was told from the perspective of Ted Bundy’s partner Liz Kendal and primarily focused on court proceedings.
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It seems like American Boogeyman will differ from Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile in the fact that the former will be based on the untold story of the detective and rookie FBI profiler (who coined the phrase “serial killer”) who pursued the serial killer. Both are set in the 1970s (as that’s when news reports of the murders of multiple young women started cropping up) but American Boogyman will allow viewers to join the manhunt that brought Bundy to justice.
Unfortunately, this news doesn’t sit well with viewers, who have the shared view that a) the story has been told multiple times (with Netflix’s Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes as well) and b) once again, filmmakers were romanticising a man who confessed to killing 30 people (with more unaccounted for).
We’ve gotten really comfortable with these serial killer shows to the point of glorifying them me thinks
— Elon Musty (@jennyagyei) May 26, 2021
Literally begging Hollywood to stop making movies about this man who violated and brutalized multiple women.
— ?⁷: (@moonchiile) May 26, 2021
society has progressed past the need for more ted bundy films
— jackie (@siakcis) May 26, 2021
Despite fan grievances, American Boogeyman is set to drop on August 16 – and it’s highly likely that many will flock to see the movie. Will you be one of them?
*Cover image credits: @chadmichaelmurray / Ted Bundy, Getty Images / Zac Efron in HSM, The Walt Disney Company