Robert Durst Movie in the Works at Lifetime

New take on subject of “The Jinx” will focus on relationship with first wife and alleged victim

Last Updated: August 23, 2016 @ 3:08 PM

Accused murderer Robert Durst will be getting the Lifetime treatment in a new scripted film, TheWrap has learned.

The untitled drama will be adapted from the book “A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst” by Matt Birkbeck, and will be told through the eyes of Durst’s first wife and alleged victim, Kathleen.

Bettina Gilois is writing the adaptation, which is described as being in early development, while Linda Berman is producing with Lincoln Square, A+E Studios and Lifetime.

Durst garnered notoriety after HBO documentary “The Jinx” became a sensation, made all the more irresistible when its finale captured the alleged killer confessing to his crimes when he didn’t realize his microphone was on — airing just one day after Durst himself was arrested in New Orleans.

The murder suspect was returned to L.A. following extradition orders. He had been in New Orleans, where he was arrested for the murder of his friend Susan Berman in March.

In 2000, police were preparing to question Berman, a friend of Durst’s, in the investigation of the disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack.

Before they were able to get to Berman, she was found in her Benedict Canyon, California, home shot to death execution-style, on Dec. 24, 2000.

L.A. district attorneys reopened the Berman case after evidence was revealed during “The Jinx” that further implicated Durst’s involvement.

On March 14, just one day before the shocking finale of “The Jinx” would air, Durst was taken into custody on a first degree murder warrant out of Los Angeles County. On March 16, Louisiana State Police filed charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with a controlled substance against Durst.

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