“S-Town,” the critically acclaimed podcast from “Serial” and “This American Life,” could be headed from earbuds to the big screen.
Deadline reports that Participant Media has acquired the rights to the podcast. Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) is in talks to direct and Samuel Hunter is in negotiations to pen the script. “This American Life” would produce the film.
“S-Town” originally was meant to be a true-crime podcast featuring John McLemore, a gay man from a small Alabama town, who asked producer Brian Reed for help with a murder investigation. As Reed tried to uncover the murder, he discovered even more mystery surrounding small-town southern life, family feuds, buried treasure and McLemore.