In a competitive situation, Nick Antosca and UCP, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, have acquired the rights to adapt Jan Broberg’s stranger-than-fiction story as a limited series.
The series is yet untitled, but will focus on recounting the story of Jan Broberg’s family who found themselves in the middle of an unfathomable situation wherein they were manipulated by a “family friend” who became obsessed with Jan when she was very young. The man succeeded in tearing the family to shreds as he abducted Jan on more than one occasion.
The almost too wild to be believed story was previously told as a docu-series on Netflix titled Abducted in Plain Sight.
Antosca–who horror fans may know from his series Channel Zero–will both write and serve as an executive producer on the project under the banner of Eat the Cat Productions. Jan Broberg and her mother Mary Ann Broberg will serve as producers on the series as well.
Antosca previously brought the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard to Hulu as a series titled The Act. The stomach-churning series focused on an extreme case of Munchausen by Proxy syndrome that ultimately led to Dee Dee being murdered by her own daughter and her online boyfriend.
This new project rounds out the writer-producer’s already heavy production slate. He is also working on the Chucky series alongside Don Mancini based on the Child’s Play franchise, and is currently serving as a co-showrunner with Lenore Zion (Channel Zero) on Netflix’s adaptation of Todd Grimson’s cult horror novel Brand New Cherry Flavor.
Both Chucky and Brand New Cherry Flavor are UCP titles, as well.
Jan Broberg previously recounted her story in a memoir titled Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story.
The project is one of several true crime titles coming from UCP. Others include an adaptation of the Joe Exotic story starring Kate McKinnon, a podcast titled “The Lost Kids,” an adaptation of the popular Dr. Death podcast, and Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story which is slated for a June premiere on USA network.
As it is in its very early stages, there is no scheduled release date at this time, but iHorror will keep you posted as more details become available.