Tom McCarthy to Direct Movie Based on 'S-Town' Podcast

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Participant Media, which worked with McCarthy on the best picture Oscar winner 'Spotlight,' is behind the adaptation.

Tom McCarthy is in talks to direct the feature adaptation of the popular podcast S-Town.

The movie would see McCarthy reteam with Participant Media, the production company behind the best picture Oscar winner Spotlight.

The podcast, from Serial and This American Life, follows an Alabama man named John who contacts host Brian Reed to have him investigate a supposed murder by the son of a wealthy family in his hometown, which he openly despises. The story then delves into John's own backstory, filled with everything from clocks and buried treasure to a giant hedge maze behind his family home. 

Playwright Samuel Hunter will adapt the story.

This American Life, repped by UTA, will be producing the movie. S-Town is the latest Hollywood project for Ira Glass' radio program, which is also behind the recent Netflix drama Come Sunday starring Lakeith Stanfield.

McCarthy is repped by Gersh.