In June, a local news story about a New Jersey family forced to abandon their new home over chilling letters from a stalker who calls himself “The Watcher” made national headlines. It has now become an inspiration for a thriller TV drama project from former Homeland executive producer Alex Cary, producer Aaron Kaplan (Secrets & Lies, The Mysteries Of Laura) and Universal TV. Titled The Watcher, the project was bought preemptively by NBC. It marks the first sale under the overall deal Cary signed with Universal TV in May.
Written by Cary, The Watcher is a psychological thriller based on real events surrounding a young couple and their two children who move into their dream home in a small town, only to be terrorized by anonymous letters and sinister threats, and trapped in the web of a dangerous mystery. Cary and Kapital Entertainment’s Kaplan executive produce.
Cary spent the last four years on the Showtime drama Homeland, which he joined after the pilot, rising from co-executive producer to executive producer for Season 3 and Season 4. Cary, a former Special Forces operative who served in Operation Desert Storm and in Northern Ireland, is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.
The story of The Watcher came to light when a New Jersey family in June filed a lawsuit against the previous owners of a million-dollar house they had bought last summer. The new owners claim they were scared to move in after receiving menacing anonymous letters from someone claiming to have been “watching” the house for decades. “I am the Watcher. Bring me your young blood,” one of the notes read. The family claimed that the previous owners had been aware of the stalker but failed to disclose it when selling the house.