'Girlhood' Subjects to Get Narrative Feature Remake (Exclusive)

Harper Willat
Miriam Kruishoop

'Greencard Warriors' helmer Miriam Kruishoop has signed on to write and direct 'Hood Girls,' based on the pair of inmates featured in Liz Garbus' 2003 documentary.

Miriam Kruishoop (Greencard Warriors) has signed on to write and direct Hood Girls, a narrative feature based on the life stories of the two subjects of Liz Garbus' 2003 documentary Girlhood.

Kruishoop and Atlantic Screen Productions secured an exclusive option on the life-story rights of Shanae Watkins and Megan Stahl.

The film will be produced by Atlantic Screen Productions, headed by CEO Simon Fawcett, who, in his former post at Aramid, funded more than 30 films. More recently, Fawcett provided financing to such films as Lone Survivor and Two Guns through Empyre Media Capital.

Hood Girls will chronicle the true story of two young female inmates serving time in Waxter, a rough Maryland juvenile detention center. Waxter is a grim and uninspiring place, but while there, the girls meet a psychotherapist who is determined to steer them toward a productive life. Against all odds, the girls form an unlikely bond and manage to turn their lives around. Unlike the documentary, Hood Girls will cover a much longer span of the girls' lives, including their lasting friendship.

"Miriam has proven to have an incredibly strong voice when it comes to tackling tough, timely and complex stories that often take place in urban settings but resonate far and wide," Fawcett said.

Added Kruishoop: "I'm excited and honored that Atlantic Screen Productions embraced this extraordinary true tale and understands the urgency of making this film now. Shanae and Megan are both magnetic characters, and their story is as relevant as it is inspiring. Against all odds, they have become responsible citizens who give back to their communities."