[02/07/14 - 01:03 PM]
Lifetime Captures the Chilling True Story of "The Happy Face Killer," Starring David Arquette and Gloria Reuben
The film - premiering Saturday, March 1 at 8:00/7:00c - comes from director Rick Bota and writer Richard Christian Matheson.

[10/28/13 - 11:34 PM]
Development Update: Monday, October 28
Updates include: David Arquette to put on a "Happy Face" for Lifetime; Janet Montgomery, Xander Berkeley board WGN America's "Salem"; and Channing Tatum, A&E team for reality project.

telefilm/mini-series in the can
(from Lifetime's press release, February 2014) David Arquette (Scream) and Gloria Reuben (Lincoln) star in the Lifetime Original Movie Happy Face Killer, premiering Saturday, March 1, at 8pm ET/PT. The movie follows the grisly true-crime story of a truck driver who, during his work travels across the country, kills numerous women and hauntingly leaves a confession of each murder with a scrawled happy face as cryptic evidence of his crime. Reuben portrays Melinda Gand, the FBI investigator leading the case. Inspired by real-life events, Happy Face Killer follows the hunt and ultimate capture of serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson (Arquette). An aspiring cop turned long-haul truck driver after a failed marriage, Jesperson strangled his first victim following an argument and was back on the road again the very next day, killing at least eight women over a five-year span as he crisscrossed the country. Upset after a woman falsely confesses that she and her boyfriend are responsible for one of his murders, Jesperson begins to taunt the authorities by sending a series of disturbing letters to newspaper editors, even scribbling confessions on the walls of highway rest stops admitting that he loved killing his victims. By signing his morbid notes with a happy face, he earned himself the notorious nickname, "Happy Face Killer" and forever left his mark of fear.
· David Arquette as Keith Hunter Jesperson
· Gloria Reuben as Melinda Gand
· Harvey Kahn as PROD
· Richard Christian Matheson as WRTR
· Rick Bota as DIR
· Tom Patricia as EP
· mow
· Front Street Pictures
· Happy Face Productions