Entertainment Murdaugh True-Crime Saga Getting Scripted Treatment at Lionsgate TV (Exclusive)
Alex Murdaugh's Spokesperson Says Shooting Wasn't Self-Inflicted, Shares Details of Incident
A rep for the scandal-ridden South Carolina attorney reached out to PEOPLE to “clear up a number of facts” from the day Murdaugh was shot, the latest twist in the powerful family's ongoing sagaThe day before, the 53-year-old scion of a local legal dynasty had resigned from Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth & Detrick (PMPED), the practice his great-grandfather founded a century ago, following allegations that he stole money from the firm, The New York Times reported.
One of the twistiest true-crime stories of recent years will be developed as a scripted drama series at.
The studio has optioned rights to a book proposal by journalist and author Matthew Lysiak about a the Murdaugh family South Carolina. Alex Murdaugh, an attorney from a prominent family in the state’s legal circles, was arrested on charges of insurance fraud in September after allegedly paying for a former client to kill him so Murdaugh’s son Buster could collect on a life insurance policy. Murdaugh survived the alleged hit attempt, however.
The charges came three months after Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie and son Paul were murdered at the family’s hunting lodge.
Murdaugh family killings: A timeline of murder and mystery in South Carolina
For 87 years, the Murdaugh family name came to represent a legal dynasty in coastal South Carolina, where three successive generations controlled the local prosecutor's office.But in recent years, the family has been closely connected to bloody tragedy. There was a fatal boating crash in 2019, the killings of two family members in June, the shooting of a family member last week and allegations of fraud and drug abuse.
The saga has been the subject of stories inand on NBC’s as well as at least one podcast. HBO Max is at work on a documentary series about the case, and now Lionsgate is developing a scripted project.
Lysiak is writing a book called Money, Mayhem and Murder in South Carolina: The Murdaugh Family Saga. The TV project is going by the title The Murdaugh Murders; Sharlene Martin (Home Before Dark), Judith Verno (Masters of Sex) and Helen Verno (Love and Death) will executive produce. Helen Verno has overall television deal with Lionsgate. The studio’s Claire Wendlandt is overseeing development.
The Murdaugh project marks the second collaboration between Martin and Lysiak, after Apple’s Home Before Dark. That show was inspired by Matthew’s daughter Hilde and her work as a young journalist; Martin executive produces and Matthew Lysiak is a producer.
Lysiak is the author of Newtown: An American Tragedy and The Drudge Revolution.
Judge to hear arguments on who controls Murdaugh's money .
A judge is to hear arguments Friday over whether independent representatives should take control of the money and other assets of a South Carolina lawyer involved in a half-dozen state police investigations. The court motions by attorneys in three different civil cases said they fear Alex Murdaugh is trying to hide millions of dollars they could possibly collect in their lawsuits. They said he could shift money between unknown accounts and potentially sell off property and a boat after he turned all his affairs over to his surviving son, Buster Murdaugh.