The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo  

About the Movie

urrently, the only authorized full-length film on the Stanford Prison Experiment is Quiet Rage (to watch the trailer, click on the image to the right). Recently, however, Coup d'Etat Films has contracted to make a feature-length movie based on the experiment. Stanford University has granted permission to use the school's name and image, contingent upon the final script conveying the facts and events as they actually happened.

The producers are Christopher McQuarrie, Brent Emery, Adam Ripp and Rob Paris. McQuarrie, who co-wrote the screenplay with Tim Talbott, is best known for his Oscar winning screenplay of The Usual Suspects. His additional credits include Valkyrie and upcoming The Tourist, starring Jonny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

Lead actors are being selected to play the characters of:

  • Philip Zimbardo (Prison Superintendent and Principal Investigator)
  • Christina Maslach (heroine psychologist who provoked early termination of the study)
  • Carlo Prescott (paroled prisoner, study consultant, and head of the mock parole board)
  • and perhaps others, notably Craig Haney (SPE research assistant, Professor of Psychology and Law)


Crime Scene Pictures and Coup d'Etat Films are set to produce Christopher McQuarrie's upcoming feature project "The Stanford Prison Experiment." Set to shoot this fall, the movie is co-written by McQuarrie and Tim Talbott. McQuarrie produces alongside Coup d'Etat Films' Brent Emery and Crime Scene's Adam Ripp/Rob Paris. The movie will be shot partially on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, California, as well as, outlying areas in California.

Stay tuned for updates...

©2006-2016, Philip G. Zimbardo

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