NBC has ordered a new thriller based on a creepy story from the real-world headlines. Deadline.com reports that the network bought the project “The Watcher,” a stalker drama based on a news story that broke in June about a New Jersey family that had to abandon its home after receiving chilling letters.
The NBC project comes from former “Homeland” exec producer Alex Cary, producer Aaron Kaplan and Universal Television. Cary and Kaplan executive produce.
“Written by Cary, ‘The Watcher’ is a psychological thriller based on real events surrounding a young couple and their two children who move into their dream home in a small town, only to be terrorized by anonymous letters and sinister threats, and trapped in the web of a dangerous mystery,” the report notes.
The real-world story “came to light when a New Jersey family in June filed a lawsuit against the previous owners of a million-dollar house they had bought last summer,” Deadline notes. “The new owners claim they were scared to move in after receiving menacing anonymous letters from someone claiming to have been ‘watching’ the house for decades.”