Malcolm McDowell set to direct blockbuster about “Mad Butler” Archibald Hall
HE WAS the suave butler turned serial killer who murdered five people in a string of bizarre crimes across Britain. Now the life of “Mad Butler” Archibald Hall – who escaped poverty in Glasgow only to pursue a life of crime – is set to be turned into Scotland’s latest blockbuster movie.
Actor Malcolm McDowell is to begin filming a big-screen thriller about Hall’s infamous crimes within weeks at a mansion house in East Lothian. It will tell how he graduated from life as a petty thief to mixing with the aristocracy and showbusiness figures in London, before becoming a killer. The Monster Butler, which is due to be filmed over several weeks at Gosford House in Longniddry, will be the latest in a string of major film and TV productions to be filmed in and around Edinburgh.
McDowell, who will also be helping to produce the film, is said to have been determined to turn Hall’s life into a film for at least a decade. He struck a deal last year with Canadian producers Dark House Films, which had worked with McDowell on The Unleashed. A distribution deal has already been sealed with Warner Bros. Manuel DaSilva, co-producer of The Monster Butler, said: “Apart from a few scenes in London, the vast majority of the shoot is in Scotland. We’ll be mainly using Gosford House. “We very much see Archibald Hall as a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Malcolm’s character in A Clockwork Orange, but it’s going to be a thriller, rather than a horror film.”