“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” finally has a distributor and a release date, the film’s executive producer announced Tuesday, and will appear in more than 750 theaters nationwide in October.
Gosnell producers told The Hollywood Reporter that they’ve inked a deal with GVN Releasing after hosting a series of single theater showings this past year.
Filmmakers and executive producers Anne McElhinney and Phelim McAlver made the movie with only $2.3 million dollars, raised entirely on Indigogo. The film chronicles the rise and eventual capture of Kermit Gosnell, who considered himself a Pennsylvania abortion provider, but was, in reality, a demented, brutal killer.
Gosnell is serving a life sentence for murdering three infants — born alive during his barbaric procedures — and one of his adult patients in his Philadelphia house of horrors.
The film, which began production after Gosnell’s trial concluded in 2014, stars Dean Cain “as the lead detective who pursued the case of Kermit Gosnell,” THR reports, and was directed by “Justified” star Nick Searcy, who also plays a role in the film.
The subject matter is, of course, controversial. Executive producer John Sullivan says the team was “very careful not to make it too graphic,” leaving much of Gosnell’s horrifying activity to “the theater of the mind” so that the film could avoid an R rating.
The film was almost released in 2017, but judge Jeffery Minehart, the judge who presided over Gosnell’s trial, sued to stop the film’s release, apparently fearing he was portrayed as part of the “liberal corrupt government” that the film argues ignored Gosnell’s crimes out of fear of political impact. Minehart also accused producers of “shamelessly exploiting for profit the morally divisive issue of abortion.”
The legal matter was “recently resolved,” The Hollywood Reporter says.
“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” will hit theaters October 12, 2018. GVN will also release the film on DVD and streaming services.