The story about the murder of JFK’s lover, American painter Mary Pinchot Meyer, is being developed by Warner Bros TV as a potential limited series. The project hails from Oscar-winning writer David Seidler (The King’s Speech) and Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures.
Written by Seidler and based on Peter Janney’s book Mary’s Mosaic, the drama/murder mystery explores different theories about the killing of Meyer while also exploring her secret romantic relationship with President John F. Kennedy.
Seidler executive produces for Studio Seven 13, which he co-founded with Clara Hendon, along with Tunnell and Harold for Safehouse. Studio Seven 13’s Hendon is a producer. Safehouse, Studio Seven 13, and Warner Bros TV co-produce.
Meyer, who lived in Washington, D.C., was married to Central Intelligence Agency official Cord Meyer for 13 years and became romantically involved with Kennedy after her divorce from Meyer in 1958. She was found shot to death on October 12, 1964 on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath, nearly three weeks after the release of the Warren Commission Report on the Kennedy assassination. Meyer had allegedly challenged the report’s conclusions, and also had been critical of the CIA, raising speculation of CIA involvement in her murder. The man accused of her murder, Ray Crump, Jr., was acquitted at trial in July 1965, and her murder remains unsolved.
Seidler won an Original Screenplay Oscar for The King’s Speech. His and Hendon’s Studio Seven 13 currently has two feature documentary projects and three feature films nearing production. Seidler and Hendon are repped by WME, Aghassi Literary Management, ITG London, and GTLaw LA.
Tunnell and Harold are executive producing Netflix’s ice skating drama series Spinning Out, which begins shooting in January. The duo recently executive produced the praised WGN America drama series Underground. In features, they most recently produced Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur and My Blind Brother starring Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, and Nick Kroll. Harold executive produced Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and wrote the upcoming DC feature The Flash. They have the upcoming Michael B Jordan Liberators at WB and Patricia Arquette’s directorial debut Love Canal at TriStar aiming for production in 2019.
Tunnell and Harold are repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal.