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[07/01/24 - 09:29 AM]
Prime Video Orders Docuseries About Idaho Murders from Skydance Television and Story Syndicate with Related Scripted Series in Development at Amazon MGM Studios
The docuseries will be shot in conjunction with the investigation and research of bestselling author James Patterson and award-winning investigative journalist Vicky Ward for their upcoming nonfiction title based on the murders.

[via press release from Amazon]

Prime Video Orders Docuseries About Idaho Murders From Skydance Television and Story Syndicate With Related Scripted Series in Development at Amazon MGM Studios

Docuseries is based on bestselling author James Patterson and award-winning investigative journalist Vicky Ward's upcoming book

CULVER CITY, CA - July 1, 2024 - Today, Prime Video announced that it has ordered a docuseries chronicling the November 2022 murders of four University of Idaho students and the subsequent investigation, arrest, and trial of suspect Bryan Kohberger. Produced by Skydance Television and Story Syndicate, the docuseries will be shot in conjunction with the investigation and research of bestselling author James Patterson and award-winning investigative journalist Vicky Ward for their upcoming nonfiction title based on the murders.

Emmy and Peabody Award winner Liz Garbus (I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Yellowjackets) is set to co-direct the docuseries with IDA Award winner Matthew Galkin (Murder in the Bayou, Kevorkian). A scripted series about the murders is in development at Amazon MGM Studios with Garbus attached to direct the first episode.

The documentary series has full and exclusive support from the family of victim Ethan Chapin and Maddie Mogen's mother and stepfather, who are participating exclusively in documentary interviews for the first time. The series will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

"We are honored that the Chapin and Laramie families have decided to exclusively collaborate with us to shine a light on the personal stories of Ethan and Madison, as well as Xana and Kaylee," said directors Liz Garbus and Matthew Galkin. "Our unparalleled access to the families and closest friends will allow us to paint intimate and authentic portraits of all four victims and their lives at the University of Idaho, which were so tragically cut short. We couldn't ask for better partners than Skydance and James Patterson Entertainment to help bring the definitive telling of this important story to the world."

"The events that transpired in Moscow, Idaho shocked the world and left many unanswered questions," said Matt Thunell, President, Skydance Television. "With Liz Garbus and James Patterson at the helm, and with the involvement of the Chapin and Laramie families, we will shed new light on these horrific murders and honor the four innocent lives that were taken too soon."

David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Matt Thunell will executive produce for Skydance Television, with James Patterson, Bill Robinson, and Patrick Santa executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment. Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan, Jon Bardin, and Kate Barry will executive produce for Story Syndicate with Matthew Galkin executive producing for Fairhaven.

Both the docuseries and the scripted series stem from Skydance Television's exclusive first-look deal with Patterson to develop a slate of premium series based on his top-selling book series, including Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett, along with the internationally acclaimed book series Private, the recently released first book in the Jane Smith series, 12 Months to Live, and Holmes, Marple and Poe. Additionally, Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television produce the upcoming series Cross, starring Aldis Hodge, based on the best-selling Alex Cross novels from Patterson.

The docuseries marks Skydance Television's sixth project with Prime Video, following the hit series Reacher and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, as well as the upcoming Cross and recently announced The Runarounds and an action-adventure series starring Octavia Spencer and Hannah Waddingham. Skydance Television's current slate also includes Foundation, The Big Door Prize, and FUBAR, along with the upcoming series Neuromancer and an untitled comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

This also marks Story Syndicate's third project with Prime Video following the acclaimed features All In: The Fight for Democracy and Mayor Pete.

About Prime Video

Prime Video is a one-stop entertainment destination offering customers a vast collection of premium programming in one application available across thousands of devices. On Prime Video, customers can find their favorite movies, series, documentaries, and live sports - including Amazon MGM Studios-produced series and movies Road House, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Fallout, Reacher, The Boys, and The Idea of You; licensed fan favorites American Fiction and The Boys in the Boat; Prime member exclusive access to coverage of live sports including Thursday Night Football, WNBA, and NWSL, and acclaimed sports documentaries including Bye Bye Barry and Federer; and programming from partners such as Max, Crunchyroll and MGM+ via Prime Video Channels add-on subscriptions, as well as more than 500 free ad-supported (FAST) Channels. Prime members in the U.S. can share a variety of benefits, including Prime Video, by using Amazon Household. Prime Video is one benefit among many that provides savings, convenience, and entertainment as part of the Prime membership. All customers, regardless of whether they have a Prime membership or not, can rent or buy titles, including blockbusters such as Challengers and The Fall Guy, via the Prime Video Store, and can enjoy content such as Jury Duty and Bosch: Legacy free with ads on Freevee. Customers can also go behind the scenes of their favorite movies and series with exclusive X-Ray access. For more info visit www.amazon.com/primevideo.





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