The true murder story that inspired David Lynch’s brilliant TV series Twin Peaks is to be the subject of a brand new documentary.
The new project, Blonde, Beautiful And Dead: The Murder Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks, will also be made in conjunction with a non-fiction book of the same name.
The real-life murder of Hazel Drew, who was killed in Sand Lake, New York in 1908, was later used as the basis for David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult show. The new documentary is said to “investigate the secrets, corruption and gender politics one small-town community tried to keep buried” in the wake of Drew’s death, production company Metabook Entertainment explained.
The murder of Drew proved to be the base inspiration for Lynch and Frost to plot the storyline of Laura Palmer in the show. The new film is being helmed by filmmaker Benjamin Alfonsi who will direct the documentary: “I hope this documentary will give her a voice on screen that she didn’t have in real life,” he said in a statement.
The accompanying book will be written by David Bushman and Mark Givens and is pencilled in to be released in 2021 and will include a foreword from Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost.
“The first true crime story that captivated me as a kid, the Hazel Drew murder draws you into a nexus of power, money and sexual politics that feels utterly contemporary,” Frost said in a statement. “This haunting tale also provided the nightmare fuel for a fictional tragedy that, decades later, asked the question: Who killed Laura Palmer?”