Channel 4 tackles The Yorkshire Ripper

Adapting David Peace’s book series…

The Yorkshire Ripper was one of the most brutal real-life crime stories of the 1970s and ‘80s as killer Peter Sutcliffe cut a swathe through the country, murdering 13 women. He was caught in 1981 and sentenced to several life sentences, but the police hunt for him was criticized for corruption.

Now Channel 4 is revisiting the story, basing three films on three of David Peace’s books. The company has hired three directors – Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker to helm the films, based on the books Nineteen Seventy Four, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eighty Three. They’ll work as a trilogy and will appear on the channel before getting a cinematic release. And best of all, regular Terry Gilliam collaborator Tony Grisoni wrote the script. Variety has all the details.

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