HBO Documentary Films has snapped up the rights to crime writer Michelle McNamara’s recently published bestseller on the Golden State Killer, and will develop a docuseries based on the book.
The book, titled I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, was released two years after the death of McNamara, who was investigating the crimes at the time of her passing in 2016. The novel was completed by McNamara’s lead researcher, Paul Haynes, and a colleague, Billy Jenkins.
Titled I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, the docuseries centers on the obsessive search by the author for the man behind 50 home-invasion sexual assaults in Northern California throughout the late ’70s and early ’80s.
The television project will also serve as a “compelling self-portriat” of McNamara, creator of the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, and explores the origin of her fascination with unsolved murder.
“HBO taking on this story will advance the passionate pursuit that Michelle shared with dozens of men and women in law enforcement – to solve the mystery of one of California’s most notorious serial killers,” said Patton Oswalt, McNamara’s husband, in a statement.