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Tribeca Ted Bundy thriller “NO MAN OF GOD,” with Elijah Wood, gets distribution

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Following its festival premiere, the serial-killer study will go into wider release.

RLJE Films has announced its acquisition of North American rights to NO MAN OF GOD, which has its world premiere at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival; the movie will be theatrically released in August. Directed by Amber Sealey and written by Kit Lesser, it stars Elijah Wood (who also produced with Daniel Noah, Lisa Whelan and Kim Sherman), Luke Kirby, Aleksa Palladino and Robert Patrick. The synopsis: “In 1980, Ted Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution. In the years that followed, he agreed to disclose the details of his crimes, but only to one man. NO MAN OF GOD is based on the true story of the strange and complicated relationship that developed between FBI agent Bill Hagmaier [Wood] and an incarcerated Ted Bundy [Kirby] in the years leading to Bundy’s execution.”

“NO MAN OF GOD explores a familiar subject through a different lens,” says Whalen. “Through the brilliant direction of Amber Sealey, the film poses challenging questions about the dangers of our obsession with serial killers like Bundy. RLJE Films immediately recognized what was special about this film. We’re thrilled to be working with them again,” after last year’s COLOR OUT OF SPACE. 

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.