Lifetime Movie Network has announced pre-production on “The Natalee Holloway Story,” slated to air next year.
The ripped-from-the-headlines pic will dramatize the story of the 18-year-old Alabama woman who disappeared in May 2005 during a high school trip to Aruba. Although no body was recovered, it’s been widely speculated that she was murdered.
The network will be “working closely” with Holloway’s mother, Beth Twitty, said LMN senior veep in charge of original movies, Tanya Lopez, “to raise awareness of how to keep our children safe at all times.”
Helen Verno, exec VP of movies and miniseries at Sony Pictures Television, said the telepic will concentrate on the “love story” between mother and daughter.
Judith Verno (“The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story”), will exec produce, along with made-for vet Frank Von Zerneck (“Spring Break Shark Attack”).
The Holloway project follows LMN’s April dramatization “The Capture of the Green River Killer,” its highest-rated telepic to date.