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Whoah, over 65 M downloads
After over 65 M downloads, it looks like Woodstock, Alabama’s popular S-Town podcast is coming to a big screen near you according to the Hollywood Reporter (HR).
HR announced today that director Tom McCarthy has acquired the rights and is in talks to direct a movie based on the popular podcast.
McCarthy is well-known for directing his Academy award-winning movie Spotlight, which was about the oldest continuously operating newspaper, The Boston Globe’s investigative journalist team and their investigation into the Catholic Church’s sex scandals in the Boston area. The team that worked with McCarthy on Spotlight will more than likely come together to work on the production of S-Town.
What is S-Town?
As reported by Bham Now last Nov., S-Town, the podcast from the Serial and This American Life, and hosted by Brian Reed became a reality after John McLemore, a clock repairman, of Woodstock, Alabama contacted Reed to investigate a murder allegedly committed in the town by the son of a wealthy Alabama family.
The podcast takes you behind the scenes of McLemore’s life and examines the small, rural town that he “openly despises.”
The podcast tells the story of a supposed small-town murder, its cover-up and how McLemore’s life is intertwined with it all. It also exposes McLemore’s idiosyncrasies, such as tales of buried treasure and a family hedge maze, to a worldwide audience. Sadly, and in the second episode, Reed reveals that McLemore commits suicide. After McLemore’s death, Reed shifts gears with the story and focuses on the people of Woodstock that knew McLemore well.
The popularity of the podcast has put Woodstock, Alabama on the map.
Jeff Dodson, one of McLemore’s friends and mayor of Woodstock, says that Woodstock has received many inquiries wanting to know the rest of the story that the podcast does not cover. And according to some reports, visitors have visited the Green Pond Presbyterian Cemetery leaving candles, dimes and small bottles of Wild Turkey on McLemore’s grave.
With such popularity of the podcast and McLemore’s story, our opinion that the natural next step would be the filming of a movie, and apparently, Hollywood agrees.
The Hollywood Reporter article also mentions that playwright Samuel Hunt will adapt the story for the movie and This American Life, repped by UTA (United Talent Agency) will produce it. This is only the latest in a series of projects for the program’s popular host, Ira Glass.
We want to know, do you think S-Town will be a popular movie?