Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr are to team up as real-life reporters on the trail of a San Francisco, California, serial killer.

The actors will play SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE news men Robert Graysmith and PAUL AVERY in Fight Club director David Fincher's new thriller ZODIAC, according to movie trade paper HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The grizzly film follows the trail of terror created by a serial killer, who murdered 37 victims in the 1960s and 1970s and was never tracked down by police.

Known as The Zodiac Killer, the murderer used the Chronicle as a means of communicating with the city's homicide detectives over the course of 25 years.

The film will be based on books Graysmith wrote about the infamous, unsolved case, which influenced the film-makers behind Clint Eastwood's classic 1971 movie Dirty Harry.

19/04/2005 21:53