By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com May 16 2001 12:00 AM ET
Screenland, the story of the sensational Los Angeles murder of theater owner Laurence Austin in 1997, is to be filmed this summer with Terence Stamp (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) as Austin and David Arquette (the Scream franchise) as his killer, according to Variety. Austin was the owner of the Silent Movie Theatre, the nations only venue devoted totally to the pre-sound era of film. His murder turned out to be a for-hire job arranged by his lover, James Van Sickle, who was eventually convicted of the crime. The screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, attended the entire Austin murder trial.