One of the most terrifying true stories was announced to be coming to the big screen as an adaptation of the classic Jack Ketchum novel 'The Girl Next Door,' and while that project sits in limbo a new one was just announced. Going into production at the end of this month is The Basement, which is based on the same true events. Catherine Keener (Capote) and Ellen Page of the upcoming 'X-Men: Last Stand' and Lionsgate's classic 'Hard Candy' stars. Read on for the full story...
Production Weekly reports that Tommy O’Haver and Irene Turner created The Basement, which has just cast Catherine Kenner (Capote, The 40 Year Old Virgin) in the role of Gertrude and Ellen Page (Hard Candy, X-Men: Last Stand) as the young Likens.
O’Haver will direct the shocking true story of a murder that stunned the nation back in the 1960s. It's the story of Gertrude Baniszewski (Keener), a seemingly ordinary housewife and the mother of seven, imprisons beautiful teenager Sylvia Likens (Page) who has been left in her charge, in the basement of her Indiana home - a setting for subterranean impulses of the most savage and sadistic nature.
The film is based largely on actual court transcripts.