Filmmaker Phelim McAleer is preparing to bring "America's biggest serial killer" to the small screen. Launching a massive $2.1 million fundraiser on Indiegogo, he's hoping to raise enough money to make a TV movie about the horrifying story surrounding convicted former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
"We're filmmakers. We tell stories. This is a great story," McAleer, who also produced the "FrackNation" documentary, recently told TheBlaze. "It's a classic Hollywood story. You know Hollywood is obsessed with serial killers."
McAleer believes that Gosnell, who was convicted last year of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies at his Women’s Medical Society clinic in Philadelphia, is "part Hannibal Lecter, part Dr. Kevorkian."
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McAleer said with the total number of abortions Gosnell performed, he "has killed more people than" serial killers Gary Ridgeway, John Wayne Gacey, the Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy combined, "so it's a great, great story and he's a great, great character to portray."
McAleer became interested in the Gosnell saga after attending his trial in Philadelphia last year. He said he was shocked by what was divulged in the courtroom and felt compelled to work with his wife, fellow filmmaker Ann McElhinney, to make this project happen.
The two believe that adding Gosnell to the mix is a natural next step for Hollywood, so they're hoping that their fundraising campaign raises the millions needed to get moving on a script and to begin filming.
While $2.1 million is an absolute minimum needed to complete the production, McAleer told TheBlaze that the more money that he's able to raise, the better actors and screenwriters he'll be able to attract.
The Indiegogo campaign is set to run from March 28 through May 12.
The entertainment industry has so far avoided the Gosnell case, despite quickly churning out projects about other high-profile murder defendants, such as Jodi Arias. That's no surprise to McAleer, who said abortion is a tricky subject in Hollywood circles.
"You're more likely to see a Hollywood executive at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser than on the Internet scouring for great stories like Kermit Gosnell ... they actually look away," McAleer said.
McAleer appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Monday night and described the project in detail. We'll leave you with that interview:
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