Movie adap­ta­tion of true-crime pod­cast ‘S-Town’ planned

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK - The pop­u­lar true­crime pod­cast “S-Town” is be­ing de­vel­oped as a movie. The film pro­duc­tion com­pany Par­tic­i­pant Me­dia has ac­quired the fea­ture-film rights to the seven-episode pod­cast. “Spot­light” di­rec­tor Tom McCarthy is in ne­go­ti­a­tions to di­rect. Made by the cre­ators of the pod­cast “Se­rial,” ”S-Town“is about an Alabama an­tique clock re­storer from Wood­stock, Alabama, named John B. McLe­more. In 2012, he sent an email to the mak­ers of ”This Amer­i­can Life“ask­ing for help in a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Long­time “This Amer­i­can Life” pro­ducer Brian Reed trav­elled to McLe­more’s home­town. But Reed uncovered not so much a who­dunit pro­ce­dural as a more mys­te­ri­ous small-town tale. Dead­line first re­ported the deal.

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