Patchett Kaufman Entertainment has acquired rights to a two-part New Yorker article about a high-profile case of alleged sexual abuse in Olympia, Wash., and plans to adapt the project as a four-hour miniseries for either a broadcast or cable network.
The deal, closed late last week through agent Lynn Pleshette, is based on “Remembering Satan,” the magazine’s May 17-24 article by Lawrence Wright.
The piece recounts the case of Paul R. Ingram, a former cop and father of five whose arrest in 1988 — on charges of “satanic ritual abuse” and molestation — spurred a national exploration of repressed trauma and “recovery memory” theories.
Producer Nancy Hardin will be involved in the project, which was hotly pursued by a number of companies. PKE principals Ken Kaufman and Tom Patchett will exec produce.
PKE is still riding high off its recent NBC telefilm “In the Line of Duty: Ambush at Waco,” the highest-rated made-for of the May sweeps. Kaufman said the company is researching a possible sequel (the first movie ended when the standoff began) but wouldn’t want to repeat the sort of grueling accelerated production schedule that made “Waco” available in May.
The Ingram story “has to be handled with great care” due to its violence and sexual themes, Kaufman said.