He Went That Way is based on the stranger-than-fiction, real-life tale of celebrity animal trainer Dave Pitts and his famous TV chimp Spanky. As the two traveled across the country in 1964 with the Ice Capades, they had a harrowing three-day encounter with serial killer Larry Lee Ranes.
Quinto will be playing Jim Goodwin, the character based on Pitts, and Elordi will play Bobby Falls, a serial killer based on Ranes.
The film is inspired by Conrad Hilberry’s book Luke Karamazov, which tells the story of Ranes and his brother, Danny Ranes, who are the only siblings to be arrested for separate serial killing sprees years apart. It’s also based on the real-life accounts of Pitts, who is the only person to survive Ranes’ killing spree.
"He Went That Way is undoubtedly a journey of curious tensions and bonds between two and at times three interesting characters all on their own path," director Jeffrey Darling said. "A cinematic tale on the road across the U.S. in the early '60s where people come with a rawness forged from the landscapes they inhabit. It is for our two leads Jacob and Zachary as well as myself, a great opportunity to explore with an improvised sensibility."
He Went That Way isn’t the only true story Quinto is currently working on. He’s also set to star in and produce Secret Court, an upcoming scripted podcast about the Harvard Gay Purge of 1920, when the university formed a secret court in order to find and expel gay students.
He’s also providing the voiceover for Tennessee Williams in the upcoming documentary Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation. The film follows the friendship between Williams and Truman Capote, whose voiceover work will be done by Jim Parsons. The documentary premiered at the 2020 Telluride Film Festival and will be released this year.
And that’s not the only project Quinto is lending his voice to. He’ll also appear opposite Billy Porter in the upcoming Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Disney+ revival. Porter and Quinto will play a gay couple who are the adoptive dads of 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, voiced by Keke Palmer.