Charlie McDowell is directing the film from his own script, reported Variety. Skarsgard will play Thomas Gilbert Jr, who was arrested for the crime and is still awaiting trial to this day. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are producing the project via their Nine Stories banner along with Jeremy Steckler of Conde Nast Entertainment. Gilbert originally pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, but he has resisted subsequent plea deals, while his mother foots the bill for his defense. The movie is based on Benjamin Wallace’s Vanity Fair article about the infamous murder of Investment banker Thomas Gilbert Sr, whose death was originally believed to be a suicide until an investigation proved otherwise.