ID, Joel Schumacher check in to “Hotel Horrors”

U.S. net Investigation Discovery is linking up with the Phone Booth director (pictured, left) for a true crime series on hotel murders entitled Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors.
March 18, 2015

U.S. net Investigation Discovery (ID) is linking up with Phone Booth director Joel Schumacher (pictured, left) for a true crime series on hotel murders.

Titled Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors, the Matador Content-produced series will center on real-life murder cases that have occurred in hotels and inns across the U.S. The show is to use dramatic recreations and archival footage, as well as exclusive, first-person interviews with family, friends, authorities and hotel staff.

Set to premiere in the fourth quarter of 2015, Schumacher – whose directing credits include the feature films Phantom of the OperaVeronica Guerin and The Client – will serve as executive producer on the series and, according to ID, “lend his expertise to deliver a highly stylized cinematic look and feel.”

Do Not Disturb explores the dark aspects of the hotel experience we’ve all encountered – vulnerability, seclusion, and anonymity – so we can’t wait to see what Joel’s creative genius adds to this psychological edge-of-your-seat thriller,” said Henry Schleiff, group president of Discovery Networks, in a statement.

Schumacher added: “I love true crime and I’m fascinated with the criminal mind – because I have one – which is why I love ID. I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to work on a show for them and we hit on this idea of murders in hotel rooms. So expect violence, sex and all the scandal and twists ID fans want to see.”

Executive producers from Matador Content include Jay Peterson, Joel Schumacher and Mark Marabella while Pamela Deutsch is serving as senior executive producer for ID.

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