Jason Blum’s Blumhouse shook up the movie genre business with its micro-budgeted found footage pic Paranormal Activity. Now the company is looking to employ the documentary style on the drama series side with 8 Years Lost. The project, written by married writing duo Lauren MacKenzie & Andrew Gettens (Elementary) is in development at USA Network through Universal TV, stemming from Blumhouse TV’s first-look production agreement with NBCUniversal.
Conceived to look and feel exactly like a true crime documentary, 8 Years Lost, which drew considerable network interest, tells the haunting story of Jayna Beckner, a teenage girl who went missing in 2007 and whose body is discovered eight years later. When we learn these remains were just a few weeks old the mystery deepens– where has Jayna been all this time? And why was she killed now?”
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The USA brass knows MacKenzie and Gettens from their work on the network’s recent series Complications. The duo also recently wrote for A&E The Returned and just joined the staff of CBS’s American Gothic after rising from a staff writer to a producer level over the past year. MacKenzie and Gettens are repped by UTA and the Shuman Co.
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