Russell Williams crime story could be feature film

A soon-to-be released book about the crimes of former Canadian military commander Russell Williams may be turned into a feature film.

Richard Lowry Productions Inc. has acquired the rights to Camouflaged Killer: The Shocking Double Life of Canadian Air Force Colonel Russell Williams by David A. Gibb.

Gibb, a former private investigator turned journalist, delved into the psychology of Williams, a seemingly normal and responsible man who was convicted of killing two women in Eastern Ontario. The book is to be released by Penguin Group Canada on Oct. 4.

For his book, Gibb investigated Williams’s background, and talked to psychologists, profilers, and forensic investigators about the man who is now serving two life terms for murder.

Williams was a rising star in the military and commander at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, but his efficient exterior hid an escalating pattern of sexual deviancy that included fetish break-ins and sexual assaults.

Lowry is best known for his Emmy-nominated mini-series, To Catch a Killer, which starred Brian Dennehy as serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

He referred to Williams as a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" character, saying the public is fascinated with “duality of personality.”

“Based on David’s book, I intend to bring to the screen a memorable, if not frightening and insightful look at the man behind the crimes,” he said in a press statement.

Production on the film adaptation of the book is expected to begin next year.