Indie filmmaker Lynn Shelton (“Laggies,” “Your Sister’s Sister,” “Humpday”) is teaming with “This American Life” for a film based on “The Incredible Case of the PI Moms” radio report, a stranger than fiction style true story about a private investigation agency scandal.
Shelton would direct the film about the “Charlie’s Angels”-esque agency, staffed by hot soccer moms and run by a charismatic ex-cop turned P.I. with dreams of mounting his own Lifetime reality series about the agency.
The media loved the agency which looked into insurance scams and cheating husbands, but it actually turned out to be a front – the ex cop was in league with a local drug enforcement official to sell drugs that had been confiscated by the police. The soccer moms were said to be oblivious to the drug conspiracy.
The original story was revealed in an hourlong report for “This American Life” by Joshua Bearman, the journalist who penned an article that became the basis for “Argo”. Elements from Peter Crook’s book “The Setup” will also be incorporated into the story.
Megan Griffiths penned the script while Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp will produce.