Calling all true-crime fans — “The Clearing” podcast is being adapted into a television show.
The project is a result of a new first-look deal between Chernin Entertainment and Weimaraner Republic Pictures.
No word on a premiere date or which network the show will air on yet.
The podcast follows the life April Balascio lived since learning about evidence that connected the haunting memories of her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, to an unsolved double homicide in a town they lived in when she was 11 years old.
The show “examines the process of making the decision to turn her dad in, the horror of watching as he confessed to additional murders, the questions that linger about the choices she’s made, and murders that remain unsolved. While April struggles to piece together the jagged, awful memories of her past, she is also trying to take back the narrative of her father, particularly from one retired detective who is convinced that Edward was responsible for every unsolved murder from the Black Dahlia to JonBenét Ramsey,” according to the project’s description.
“The Clearing” is hosted by Josh Dean and produced by Pineapple Street Studios in association with Gimlet Media.
“We are really gratified that April has entrusted us to help tell her thrilling and brave story, and equally excited to team with Lynn and Matti under their WRPCO banner to bring The Clearing to a new platform and audience,” said Jenno Topping, president of film and television at Chernin Entertainment. “WRPCO, David Ready, myself and the rest of our group have a similar ethos and creative enthusiasm about pushing the boundaries of storytelling. This is just the first and we look forward to more.”
Other recent projects from Chernin Entertainment include James Mangold’s “Ford Vs. Ferrari” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, and the Apple TV+ series “See” starring Jason Momoa, and “Truth be Told” starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul.