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Exclusive: Part2 secures TV rights to true crime novel “Man From The Train”

Brooklyn-based prodco Part2 Pictures has secured the book rights to true crime novel The Man from the Train from statistician and baseball writer Bill James and his daughter, Rachel McCarthy ...
January 30, 2019

Brooklyn-based prodco Part2 Pictures has secured the book rights to true crime novel The Man from the Train from statistician and baseball writer Bill James and his daughter, Rachel McCarthy James.

The Man from the Train is a multi-part true crime series that takes audiences back to the dawn of the 20th century when families across America were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an ax. Between 1898 and 1912, a killer rode the train into small towns to commit the horrendous crimes before taking off in the dead of night. Suspects were raised, but justice was never served.

Part2 has developed an unscripted series around the story and is currently in discussions with multiple cable networks for the project. The series will be produced by Part2 Pictures. Executive producers include David Shadrack Smith (pictured, left) and Amy Bucher (right).

The unscripted series moves between the past and present as James and his daughter investigate the true crime story of the ax murder in hopes of unmasking the identity of the true criminal.

“It took 10 years to unmask this monster, and now we are very excited to collaborate with Part2 on the television adaptation of The Man from the Train,” said authors Bill and Rachel James, in a statement. “In bringing this story to a wider audience, we hope to discover more about the lives he took and the devastation he left behind in communities across the country.”

Most recently, Part2 launched a podcast division, Ampersound, with Unfurl Productions, and currently has a slate that includes This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN, Breaking Hate on MSNBC and the upcoming Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta for CNN.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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