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Assassin who came on a dating programme in the middle of a killing spree will be the subject of a new movie, directed by Anna Kendrick.

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Author/Atul K Rawat

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In her directorial debut, actress Anna Kendrick will tell the true story of how an unwitting woman chose a dashing man on a US dating programme who was actually engaged in a series of serial killings.

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The TV programme of the same name that debuted on American television in 1965 and continued to air there through syndication and numerous adaptations during the following decades until 1999 serves as the inspiration for The Dating Game.

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Last year, Michael Bolton and Zooey Deschanel staged a brief resurrection of it.

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The movie will follow Sheryl Bradshaw, who was a bachelorette on the programme in 1978 and chose Rodney Alcala as a date, who is also portrayed by Kendrick.

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Alcala, who passed away in July 2021 at the age of 77, was later identified as a serial killer and detained in July 1979.

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He was later found guilty of seven murders and given the death penalty for five homicides that occurred in California between 1977 and 1979. 

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He also received an additional 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to two murders that occurred in New York in 1971 and 1977.

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Six women and one 12-year-old child were his verified victims, but authorities think the actual number may be considerably higher.

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Fortunately, Bradshaw turned down the date with Alcala, later stating that she thought he was "weird." Last year, Alcala passed away on death row from natural causes.

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