FX has put a series adaptation of the popular podcast “Crimetown” into development, Variety has confirmed.
The series will explore the history of organized crime and municipal corruption in Providence, RI. The podcast’s hosts Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier will write the script. The pair previously created the acclaimed HBO true crime documentary miniseries “The Jinx.” Ted Melfi, the director of Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures,” will direct and executive produce. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force will also executive produce.
The “Crimetown” podcast explores the ways that organized crime has shaped different American cities. It is produced by Gimlet Media.
Smerling and Stuart-Pointer produced “The Jinx” with Andrew Jarecki. That series explored the real case of real estate heir Robert Durst, who was a suspect in the deaths of three women over several decades. The series received widespread attention when Durst appeared to admit while still wearing a microphone that he had “Killed them all.”
Smerling is repped by UTA and Hirsch Wallerstein. Stuart-Pontier is repped by WME and Hirsch Wallerstein. Melfi is repped by UTA and Gang Tyre.