Hot off her best documentary Oscar nomination for What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus is in negotiations to make her narrative feature directing debut with Lost Girls for Amazon Studios.
The two-time Academy Award nominee is poised to tackle the serial killer drama, which is based on investigative reporter Robert Kolker’s 2013 nonfiction book of the same name. Amazon picked up the project in turnaround from Warner Bros. Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad) and Rory Koslow are producing. Pamela Hirsch is executive producing.
Adapted by Michael Werwie, the story centers on a mother searching for her missing daughter in Long Island who makes a horrifying discovery in the woods where the murdered bodies of four girls have been dumped.
Lost Girls represents just the latest splashy deal for Amazon Studios, which recently bought Woody Allen’s next film for $15 million and nabbed seven movies at the Sundance Film Festival, including the awards-season hopeful Manchester by the Sea for $10 million.
The streaming giant, which is making aggressive inroads in the feature development film space, also just set up the KKK period drama K Troop, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached, and enlisted Transparent creator Jill Soloway for a coming-of-age film titled Ten Aker Wood.
Garbus is one of the highest-profile documentarians in the business, having directed this year’s buzz-worthy Sundance film Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper as well as Bobby Fischer Against the World and The Farm: Angola, USA. Lost Girls would mark her first non-doc feature.
She is repped by ICM Partners and attorney Victoria S. Cook.