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Cunanan Film Already In Works Miami Club Also Says It Has Video Of Suspected Multiple Killer

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Call it Cunanan on film.

A film company is developing a movie about alleged serial killer Andrew Cunanan, it was announced on Wednesday. And a South Beach club, Twist, claims to have a surveillance video of Cunanan, a gay gigolo, at the club.

Less than a week after Cunanan’s death, Avenue Pictures said it will create a drama that will focus on the 27-year-old suspected of killing Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and four other men.

A spokesman for ABC, which will likely show the film, declined to comment. But a source told The Associated Press that the network will review the completed script before approving production. At earliest, the movie would air next year.

“We’d like to do it as quickly as we can,” Avenue Chairman Cary Brokaw said. “The intention by all concerned is not to make a headline-exploiting movie. It’s a complicated and tragic story that we want to do justice by.”

Then there’s the Twist video, which club owners hope will earn them a bundle. They say they have a video that shows a man with short-cropped hair cruising, chatting and laughing at his own jokes.

They say it’s Cunanan.

The owners of Twist say they went through hours of video and found a man who was there in the early hours of July 13 who looks like Cunanan.

“It’s a black and white tape, but it looks like him,” said Frank Scottolini, general manager of Twist.

“The police already have been given the tape.”

And they are asking $15,000 or the best offer for it.

In another development, Fernando Carreira, the 71-year-old caretaker who found Cunanan, returned to Miami from New York on Wednesday night, where he was greeted by a throng of supporters at Miami International Airport.

Carreira has become a celebrity since stumbling on Cunanan in a Miami Beach houseboat eight days ago. Carreira has sued to get the remaining $45,000 reward, though he has already picked up $10,000 for the find. He was in New York to accept the first part of the reward.

But during his visit to the Big Apple, a local push to collect money for Carreira lost steam. A Miami woman said she saw Carreira take food into the houseboat for Cunanan. But police now say that tip was bogus.

Today, the Lincoln Road Mercantile Association will revive its fundraising drive for Carreira at a 5 p.m. news conference.

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