Idaho Murders Doc Lands At Amazon From James Patterson & Liz Garbus; Streamer Also Developing Scripted Series

A docuseries about the murders of four University of Idaho students has been picked up by Amazon with the streamer also planning a scripted version.

Bryan Christopher Kohberger was charged with four counts of murder after Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were found stabbed to death in their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho in 2022. A trial date has been set for June 2025.

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The untitled docuseries will be produced by Skydance Television and Liz Garbus’s Story Syndicate with the I’ll Be Gone in the Dark filmmaker directing the series with Murder in the Bayou’s Matthew Galkin.

This comes a year after Skydance optioned a book by James Patterson and Vicky Ward about the murders.

The docuseries will feature the support from the family of victim Ethan Chapin and victim Maddie Mogen’s mother and stepfather. It will launch on Prime Video.

David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Matt Thunell will executive produce for Skydance Television, with Patterson, Bill Robinson, and Patrick Santa executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment. Garbus, Dan Cogan, Jon Bardin, Katie King and Kate Barry will executive produce for Story Syndicate with Galkin executive producing for Fairhaven.

Garbus is also attached to direct the first episode of a scripted adaptation, which is in the works at Amazon MGM Studios.

It marks the second scripted take on the murders, which took place in 2022, after Village Roadshow Television acquired the rights to Howard Blum’s book When The Night Comes Falling.

“We are honored that the Chapin and Laramie families have decided to exclusively collaborate with us to shine a light on the personal stories of Ethan and Madison, as well as Xana and Kaylee,” said Garbus and Galkin. “Our unparalleled access to the families and closest friends will allow us to paint intimate and authentic portraits of all four victims and their lives at the University of Idaho, which were so tragically cut short. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Skydance and James Patterson Entertainment to help bring the definitive telling of this important story to the world.”

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