It’s all change on Liz Garbus’ Lost Girls, which has jumped from Amazon to Netflix.
Based on Robert Kolker’s riveting and award-winning nonfiction book of the same title, the story is both a true crime story and a strong character piece. It follows Mari Gilbert as she relentlessly drives law enforcement agents to search for her missing daughter and in the process sheds light on a wave of unsolved murders of young female sex workers on the South Shore barrier islands of Long Island.
The film is produced by Archer Gray and Langley Park Pictures, with Amy Nauiokas and Rory Koslow on board as exec producers and Anne Carey (20th Century Women) and Kevin McCormick (The Goldfinch) attached as producers. Adapted for the screen by Michael Werwie (upcoming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile), it marks the narrative feature debut of veteran documentary director Garbus.
Garbus first had the project set up as Amazon Studios, with production slated to begin in New York this spring. Now, it’s moved to Netflix, where Garbus helmed What Happened Miss Simone?. It’s all change in front of the camera too, with Gone Girl’s Amy Ryan now lined up to star – replacing the previously attached Sarah Paulson.
Sarah Paulson signs up to Amazon’s Lost Girls
6th February 2017
Sarah Paulson has signed up to star in Amazon’s new original film, Lost Girls.
The actress, who has long impressed with supporting roles in everything from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip to 12 Years a Slave and American Horror Story, finally took home a wave of awards this year, with a Screen Actors Guild gong, a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her turn in The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Since then, she’s starred in Danny Strong’s J.D. Salinger film Rebel in the Rye, which premiered at Sundance this year, and was the female lead in Blue Jay – the latest film in Mark Duplass’ Netflix deal.
Now, she’s hopping across the streaming aisle to Amazon, where she will topline their thriller about a real life serial killer who found his victims on Craigslist and used the waterfront roadside on the South Shore of Long Island to dump the bodies of his victims.
Based on Robert Kolker’s book, Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, adapted by Michael Werwie, the movie follows Mari (Paulson), the mother of a girl who goes missing along with several other prostitutes (who advertised using Craigslist).
The film will be directed by Liz Garbus, marking her first non-fiction feature. Indeed, Paulson’s not the only one to be moving between streaming services: Garbus’ last film was the Netflix original documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?.
The film is produced by Kevin McCormick, with production slated to begin in New York this spring.