The film, which marks Broomfield’s fifth documentary for HBO (others include “Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer,” “Kurt & Courtney,” “Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam), will debut on HBO in 2015.
The film focuses on Lonnie Franklin Jr., who was arrested in South Central Los Angeles in 2010 as the suspected murderer of a string of young black women. Four years after his arrest, Broomfield visited Franklin’s neighborhood to delve further into the case.
According to the synopsis provided by Submarine, “Broomfield reveals the journey of a serial killer, giving voice to his victims as he builds a powerful assemblage of testimony conveying a grave injustice that extends well beyond this case.”
“‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’ is a very important film to me and everyone involved,” said Broomfield in a statement. “It was important for it to find a good home, and I can’t think of a better one than HBO Documentary Films.”
In his review of the film for Indiewire, Eric Kohn wrote, “The movie remains a powerful, gripping endeavor, mainly because the anger and frustration of Broomfield’s subjects is wisely placed front and center.”
The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of Sky Atlantic, who originally commissioned the film. The film was produced by Marc Hoeferlin in association with British Sky Broadcasting, who are handling international sales. Celia Taylor is the executive producer.