True crime is making a comeback in a big way. We’ve had American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which retold the gripping story of the O.J. Simpson murder trial, which many of us remember as one of the most memorable stories of the 90s. According to TVLine, there is a series about the murder of JonBenet Ramsey at CBS. CBS is also developing a series about Patty Hearst, according to CinemaBlend.
And as Deadline reports, TNT is the newest to enter the true crime fray, developing a series following the Chandra Levy case. Chandra Levy was a 24-year-old intern in Washington D.C., who went missing in 2001. Her remains were found in Rock Creek Park in 2002, and her murder has attracted fascination ever since. Levy was later revealed to be having an affair with Congressman Gary Condit, a married man who represented California’s 18th district. However, the Congressman was never an official suspect in the case. It was actually a man named Ingmar Guandique who was convicted. He had been convicted of assaulting other women in the area, but the public was always wondering if there was more to Levy’s murder. In fact, according to the Washington Post just a few days ago, the key witness against Guandique has just been proven to have lied, so the charges against Guandique have been dropped.
As Deadline reports, the series will be based on the book Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery. The book is written by two Washington Post writers, Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz, and it’s based on a series of thirteen articles they wrote, delving into bungled police efforts and political conspiracies surrounding the young woman’s death.
Deadline reports that Keith Huff will be writing the project. Huff has written on House of Cards, American Crime and Mad Men. Lawrence Kasdan will be executive producing the series. He’s a well-known writer with low-key credits like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Bodyguard and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Huff and Kasdan will be joined by Judith Verno and Diane Sokolow as executive producers. The project will be co-produced between Sony Pictures TV and Turner. Deadline also reports that Lawrence Kasdan is eyeing the project to possibly direct it, but that will be subject to his availability.