Fresh from playing real-life self enforced amputee Aaron Ralston in 127 Hours, James Franco is being set to play another non-fictional character, satanic serial killer Richard Ramirez.

According to the New York Post he’s also down to direct the film, although as we reported earlier this month, he already has another two directorial projects he’s involved in before this feature. Sounds like Franco could benefit from getting his hands on some kind of cloning machine!

Ramirez famously went on a rampage of sexual assault and murder in the mid-eighties in Southern California, and was later found guilty of 13 counts of murder, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. He’s currently still on death row in California.

Co-produced by Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell and scriptwriter Nicolas Constantine, the film (entitled The Night Stalker) will focus on how Ramirez ended up turning into the notorious serial killer he became.