After stepping into a spotlight as the first reporter to break a story on a murder in her hometown in Pennsylvania, 9-year-old Hilde Lysiak landed a book deal with Scholastic. Now, the TV rights to the forthcoming series of mystery novels, as well as the life rights to Lysiak’s story, have been optioned by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
Lysiak is set to write four books with her father, reporter Matthew Lysiak. The books are set to be released over eight months and will be based on her career as a young journalist, covering everything from fires to tornado damages to break-ins. The series will feature Hilde and her older sister Izzy who serves as her photographer and sidekick. Many parties had shown interest in her Harriet the Spy-esque stories over the past few weeks.
Lysiak made news when she was the first to report on a murder in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania in April 2016. After breaking the story in her own self-launched newspaper, Orange Street News, her video report of the suspected murder went viral.
The first book, Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog! is slated to be published on September 2017. This will be followed by the release of Bear on the Loose! on November 2017, UFO Spotted! on January 2018 and Fire! Fire! on May 2018.
Paramount TV will serve as the lead production studio, while Anonymous Content’s Joy Gorman Wettels and Martin Literary & Media Management’s Sharlene Martin executive produce.
The original book deal was set up by Martin at Martin Literary & Media Management, and Katie Carella, Senior Editor at Scholastic. Paradigm repped the film rights deal.
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This news was first reported by Variety.