Lifetime has greenlighted the original movie Girl in the Bunker, based on the true story of Elizabeth Shoaf, who was abducted in 2006 and held captive in a hidden underground bunker. From Girl in the Box‘s writer-director-executive producer Steven Kemp and executive producer Charles Tremayne, the dark, psychological drama stars Henry Thomas (E.T.), Julia Lalonde (Anne of Green Gables) and Moira Kelly (One Tree Hill).
Set to premiere at 8 PM on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, the film will be followed at 10 PM by the docu-special Elizabeth Shoaf: The Girl in a Bunker, which recounts the terrifying true story in Shoaf’s own words. Featuring news footage and interviews with firsthand accounts from Shoaf, her parents and police officials, the special takes viewers through Shoaf’s journey to a new beginning.
The description, per Lifetime: While Elizabeth (Lalonde) is walking home from the school bus stop, a man dressed as sheriff’s deputy handcuffs her for marijuana possession. Against her protests, he then marches her deep into the woods and places her in an underground bunker. Elizabeth’s sudden disappearance sparks a massive police search with hundreds of volunteers and officers fanning through miles of dense woodland while helicopters circle overhead. At the mercy of a dangerous and psychologically unhinged captor, Vinson Filyaw (Thomas), a fugitive sexual predator, Elizabeth realizes that in order to survive, she must take matters into her own hands and gradually begins to win his trust as she plots her escape. Kelly portrays Elizabeth’s mother Madeline.
Girl in the Bunker follows last year’s Lifetime original movie Girl in the Box, based on the true story of Colleen Stan, who was abducted and held captive by Cameron and Janice Hooker. The film reached more than 2 million viewers on Lifetime.
Girl in the Bunker is a Cineflix (Captive) Inc. production with Kemp and Tremayne (Girl in the Box) executive producing. Kemp is also the writer and director. Elizabeth Shoaf: The Girl in a Bunker is produced by Cineflix (Home) Inc. with Jacqueline Bynon (Colleen Stan: Girl in the Box) executive producing.