Congrats to director Jon M. Chu (CRAZY RICH ASIANS) who will be directing and executive producing a 10 episode mystery series based on the the real-life story of 11-year-old Hilde Lysiak for Apple! The untitled project comes from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, and was created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik , who executive produce with Joy Gorman Wettels and Sharlene Martin. From Deadline:
The story is inspired by Hilde Lysiak, a young investigative reporter who, at age 9, was the first to expose a murder in her hometown of Selinsgrove, PA, breaking the news in her self-started newspaper, Orange Street News. Her exclusive drew negative feedback from online commenters who argued that that nine-year-olds shouldn’t be covering murders. Hilde fought back with a video, which went viral. She garnered national and international media attention and landed a deal with Scholastic to co-write four books with her author/journalist father, Matthew Lysiak, called Hilde Cracks the Case.
Hilde, born in Brooklyn where she spent her early childhood before the family moved to Matthew Lysiak’s hometown of Selinsgrove, also got the attention of Paramount TV and its partner Anonymous Content, who optioned Hilde’s life rights and the rights to her books.
Today, Lysiak works with young voices in an effort to empower the next generation of influencers, activists, and leaders. Here is one of her video news reports from two years ago.
It’s been my dream, all my life, to work with @Apple. But I knew that I was not an engineer &had no real place there. So 2 be able to tell stories WITH Apple is a dream come true. Neighbors all our lives… had to take me to LA to find my way home again. https://t.co/nOaIhHClzV
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) June 13, 2018