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Film on Alaska serial killer Hansen due in theaters Aug. 23 (+ photos)

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  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published June 4, 2013

It looks as if the Hollywood thriller filmed in Alaska, "The Frozen Ground," finally has a theatrical release date.

According to movie website CaveOnline, the movie based on Alaska serial killer Robert "Bob" Hansen, is set to "hit theaters and On Demand" Aug. 23. It's been a long time coming. The movie's original release date was Dec. 1, 2012. The last big-budget Hollywood movie shot in Alaska was "The Big Miracle" starring Drew Barrymore, which debuted Feb. 3, 2012 and flopped, pulling in less than $25 million.

Hansen has been accused of stalking and murdering some 17 Alaska women between the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, he has only ever been convicted for the murder of four -- Sherry Morrow, Joanna Messina, Andrea Altiery and a Jane Doe, referred to as Eklutna Annie -- and the kidnap and rape of Cindy Paulson, one of the few victims to escape.

Actress Vanessa Hudgens portrays Paulson in the film and pairs up with Alaska State Trooper Jack Halcombe, played by Nicolas Cage, to help bring Hansen, played by John Cusack, to justice.

Read more about the filming of "The Frozen Ground" in and around Anchorage.

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