The ever-deepening murder mysteries involving the Murdaugh family, a prominent South Carolina legal dynasty, has reportedly sparked a Hollywood “frenzy” — with HBO Max first to confirm a docu-series.
Campfire Studios confirmed to The Post on Friday it has been commissioned to produce a “multi-part doc series” for the streaming giant.
The series “will investigate the mysterious, still-unraveling events” that started in June, when then-powerful lawyer Alex Murdaugh found his wife and 22-year-old son shot dead near their weekend hunting lodge in Islandton, the production company said.
Now “national networks, Hollywood production companies and global streaming services” are vying for “exclusive access and insights” into the case, local outlet FITSNews reported Friday.
FITSNews — which has its own podcast on the case, “Murdaugh Murders” — has been “inundated with all manner of proposals soliciting our involvement in one project or another,” said founder Will Folks, the onetime spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.
The “compelling, confounding, convoluted story” of “murder, money and power” makes it “tailor-made for screens,” Folks admitted.
“And trust me when I say this … at this point we don’t even know the half of it,” insisted the editor of the saga that this week saw a series of dramatic, unexpected twists.
June’s double slaying of Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her 22-year-old son, Paul, immediately garnered headlines because they were from one of South Carolina’s most prominent legal families, with three generations having served consecutively as solicitor for the 14th Circuit.
“I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt including my family, friends and colleagues,” he said, asking for “prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”
FITSNews alleged that Alex Murdaugh also remains a “person of interest” in the shooting deaths of his wife and son.
Wyatt called him “the central figure in what has to be the most bizarre crime scene investigation I have ever covered.”