8:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Blumhouse and SundanceTV Partner on True Crime Series
Jason Blum's Blumhouse continues to make significant moves in TV, this time partnering with SundanceTV on an unscripted true crime series.
The network has announced a six-episode run for No One Saw a Thing (working title), a deep dive into an unsolved and mysterious death — and the resulting vigilantism — in small-town America. The network did not name what case the series will focus on, but the details it offered implied it's the 1981 shooting of Missouri man Ken McElroy.
“Produced under the auspices of Blumhouse Television, with prestigious creative talent on board and a compelling mystery at its core, No One Saw a Thing is the perfect project for SundanceTV’s and Sundance Now’s discerning audience,” said network GM Jan Diedrichsen. “We have a robust fan base who revel in evocative storytelling, and this exploration will certainly satisfy their appetite for a thought-provoking — and unsolved — true crime story. What’s more, this project underscores SundanceTV’s commitment to working with top tier talent to explore infamous crimes and the impact of these stories on popular culture.”
The project is being directed and executive produced by filmmaker Avi Belkin. He'ls joined by Blum, Jeremy Gold and Marci Wiseman as executive producers.
“Stranger than fiction, No One Saw a Thing is one of those unbelievable stories that requires the passion of a storyteller like Avi Belkin who will stop at nothing to get to the truth," said Blumhouse Television co-president Jeremy Gold. "We brought Alexandra Shiva on board to help shepherd the project because of our successful history together."
The McElroy case is an interesting one in the annals of American crime. While he was alive, McElroy was accused of assault, child molestation, burglary and arson (among other criimes). When it seemed like he was going to evade another conviction, he was shot dead in broad daylight with dozens of witnesses — though no one claims to have seen a thing, and no charges have ever been brought.
No One Saw a Thing comes after the announcement of several other true crime docuseries at SundanceTV, including The Road to Jonestown, Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo and The Preppie Murder.