Over My Dead Body, the podcast that launched on Valentine’s Day tackling issues related to marriage and the criminal justice system appears headed for television screens. Wondery is reportedly in talks with showrunners about developing a TV program based on the six-episode podcast.
“We’re talking to a number of high-level showrunners and trying to zero in on a decision,” UTA’s Oren Rosenbaum, who reps Wondery, told Deadline. Over My Dead Body has averaged a million podcast downloads per episode.
The Matthew Shaer-hosted series tells the story of the murder of Florida State law professor Dan Markel and his ex-wife Wendi Adelson who allegedly paid $100,000 to have him killed after a contentious divorce battle. Wondery chief content officer Marshall Levy tells Deadline it’s a sort of “Fargo-esque” story where no one dies in the first episode. “It’s the middle of the second episode and then you don’t really know what happened and then the blanks get filled in,” he says.
Wondery recently raised $5 million from Shari Redstone’s Advancit Capital, Greycroft Partners, and several other venture capital firms, and it will use that money to grow its next series. Wondery is reportedly next working on a new medical-focused podcast and it’s also working on new shows with partners such as Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times. The company’s earlier partnership with the L.A. Times produced the Dirty John podcast that’s currently airing as a TV series on Bravo.
In the future, Lewy says Wondery will look to do more project development in-house and he tells Deadline they’re currently hiring a development executive to lead that effort. “Some of the other podcasts that we haven’t announced, it’s just us,” he says. Lewy comes out of the TV business and Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez headed Fox International Channels prior to his launch of the podcast company in 2016.