The novel is based on the crimes of Ukranian Serial Killer Andre Chikatilo, also known as the Rostov Ripper, who was convicted of and executed for 52 murders in the Soviet Union. In addition to highlighting the problem of Soviet-era criminality in a state where “there is no crime,” the novel also explores the paranoia of the age, the education system, the secret police apparatus, orphanages, homosexuality in the USSR and mental hospitals. – wikipedia.
The book is the first part of a trilogy.
The film was first picked up by Fox with Ridley Scott attached to direct but now the directing mantle is being handed to Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and the project has landed at Summit/Lionsgate. Ridley Scott is still on board as a producer.