Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to nine-year-old journalist Hilde Lysiak’s forthcoming book series “Hilde Cracks the Case”. The plan is to develop a TV series based on the four mystery novels that will be released by Scholastic.
Inspired by true news stories that Lysiak has broken throughout her aspiring career, the mystery novels star Hilde and her older sister and newspaper photographer sidekick Izzy as two girls who stop at nothing to uncover the truth.
The deal also includes the rights to Lysiak’s own life story, but Lysiak herself will not star in the project. The first of Scholastic’s four “Hilde Cracks the Case” books will be released next Fall and are co-authored with her journalist father Matthew.
Lysiak made news in April when she was the first to report on a murder in her hometown of Pennsylvania, breaking the story in her self-launched newspaper Orange Street News.
When she received backlash from critics, she appeared on “Good Morning America” to defend herself and said: “Just because I’m a girl, and just because I’m 9, doesn’t mean I can’t be a reporter.”