We reported in March that Over My Dead Body, the podcast that launched on Valentine’s Day tackling issues related to marriage and the criminal justice system, appeared headed for television screens. Wondery back then was in talks with showrunners about developing a TV program based on the six-episode podcast. Now it looks like a deal has been struck.
Warner Media’s streaming video service will reportedly adapt the podcast to a television series. Elizabeth Banks. Variety reports actress Elizabeth Banks will executive produce and direct the series. While best known as an actress, including in the upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” big screen remake, she also has her own production company, Brownstone Productions. Also said to be taking an executive producer role is Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez and Chief Content Officer Marshall Lewy.
Over My Dead Body told 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. It was hosted by Matthew Shaer.
Wondery has already found success on TV screens with Bravo’s hit series Dirty John, adapted from a podcast of the same name. The eight-episode first season closely followed the story laid out in the podcast, which was produced by Wondery and the Los Angeles Times. Dirty John told the story of interior designer Debra Newell, played by actress Connie Britton, and how she became entangled in a complex relationship with John Meehan, played by actor Eric Bana. The second season will be based on an all-new story.
Dirty John may have helped further spur interest in Hollywood for podcasts. The TV series premiere became Bravo's most watched scripted telecast in the cable network's history, and the show finished its run as a top 10 cable scripted series in adults 18-49 for all of 2018. It also earned Bravo its first ever Golden Globe Award nomination in the network's history.