Nicolas Cage, who seems to sign up for at least five films a week, has now got another one. He’s set to team up with Donnie Darko and The Box director Richard Kelly for the true crime drama Amicus, according to Variety.
The film will be about the case of Lawrence Horn, a former music producer who was sentenced to death after he hired a hitman to murder his wife, quadriplegic son, and their night nurse in their Silver Springs, Maryland mansion. Horn apparently used the Paladin Press book, Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors, to plan the triple-murder, which led to the victims’ families filing a class-action lawsuit against the publisher.
Nicolas Cage will play attorney Rodney Smolla, who at first turned down the case due to his stringent belief in the First Amendment protection of freedom of speech. However, after reading the detailed how-to book, he changed his tune and took on the historic case, which took nearly five years to complete. Amicus is set to begin this coming January in Atlanta.