Lifetime Developing 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer Drama With Sitcom Actress Deadline
Los Angeles’ “Grim Sleeper” serial killer is getting the Lifetime movie treatment. Deadline.com reports that the cable channel is developing the drama project, with Dreama Walker set to star.
Walker, one of the stars of the ABC comedy series “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23,” will play LA Weekly investigative reporter Christine Pelisek, the story reports. The project will be directed by veteran TV film producer Stanley M. Brooks, who left the TV movie industry in 2010 after filing for bankruptcy following a dispute with AFTRA, WGA and DGA over residuals.
“It is fitting that Brooks’ return to the TV movie business is via Lifetime, where he was a top telefilm supplier until severing ties with the network in 2010 amid his guild troubles. (Brooks is married to Lifetime’s head of TV movies Tanya Lopez.),” the piece notes.
“The Grim Sleeper” is based on the true stories of the alleged serial killer called by the same name, after he apparently took a 14-year break between his murders, Deadline reports. Pelisek broke the story about the killer and coined the name, the piece adds.
“It was Pelisek’s work, with support from the relatives of the victims, that put pressure on the LAPD to make the case a priority,” the article reports. “A suspect, Lonnie David Franklin, was arrested in 2010, some 25 years after the first murder, using a novel approach called 'familial DNA,' with DNA from the serial killer’s victims [run] against the California prison population, getting a familial match to a young man. After a lengthy surveillance operation on the man’s father, DNA on a pizza discarded by him proved a perfect match."
Franklin hasn’t yet stood trial, as the case has had a number of delays, the story notes.
Besides "Don't Trust the B----," Walker has had roles on "Gossip Girl," "The Good Wife" and numerous other series.