Famous Columnist Dorothy Kilgallen Getting Movie Treatment From 'Waco' Creators

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Dorothy Kilgallen

The Dowdle brothers have optioned Mark Shaw’s true-crime novel 'The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.'

Dorothy Kilgallen, the iconic columnist and media personality whose own investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy criticized the findings of the Warren Report, is getting the big-screen treatment.   

John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, who created the recent Paramount Network series Waco, have optioned Mark Shaw’s true-crime novel The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen. For the feature, the writers will also draw from Shaw’s in-progress follow-up, Denial of Justice: Dorothy Kilgallen, Abuse of Power and the Most Compelling JFK Assassination Investigation in History.

A syndicated newspaper columnist who became a familiar face on 1950s TV as one of the regular panelists on What's My Line?, Kilgallen was a prominent critic of the Warren Commission in the 1960s, conducting her own investigation into the assassination.

When she was found dead in her Manhattan apartment in 1965, her death was ruled an accidental overdose. But it has remained suspicious with some, including Shaw, who has posited that it was, in fact, a murder to help cover up the crucial new information she had discovered as part of her JFK investigation. 

The Dowdles, who are also behind the Owen Wilson thriller No Escape, are repped by CAA. Shaw is repped by Folio Literary Management.