True crime will forever be a popular genre, which means it comes as no surprise that one of the most popular true crime podcasts is getting a big screen adaptation. S-Town, a podcast created by the minds behind Serial and This American Life, will be adapted into a feature film, with Spotlight director and Oscar winner Tom McCarthy at the helm.
Participant Media have acquired the film rights to the podcast and are reportedly in final talks with McCarthy. Playwright Samuel Hunter is in talks to pen the script. The people behind This American Life will also produce the movie.
Hosted by Brian Reed, S-Town begins as the story of John B. McLemore who hates his small Alabama town that he was never able to escape from. He reaches out to Reed to solve a murder he believes has been covered up by a wealthy family in town. The story soon spirals into something much larger.
McCarthy already did an incredible job with the investigatory Spotlight, so getting him on board to helm another story involving deception, cover-ups and the search for the truth is a no-brainer. S-Town is already a great, compelling mystery in and of itself. As a movie, it has every chance to be just as captivating, if not more so.