A television show is reportedly in the works on the two killers who escaped from an upstate New York prison earlier this month, TMZ reported Friday, citing sources from the Johnson Production Group -- a Canadian entertainment company.
The show might be shot from the vantage point of Joyce Mitchell, the woman who allegedly helped the convicted killers -- Richard Matt and David Sweat -- escape, as they are more intrigued to know her side of the story, the report added. A massive manhunt is currently underway to nab the two men. The show, which could be finished within five months, may air on networks like Lifetime or Hulu, with whom the company reportedly has a good relationship, TMZ reported, citing company executives.
The Johnson Production Group -- which has produced shows like “Double Daddy” and “Teenage Bank Heist” -- reckons, according to TMZ, that viewers are more interested about crime thrillers highlighting female characters and expect their viewers to also be more intrigued by Mitchell and her alleged role in helping the convicts.
The duo escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, and police officials have widened their search to find the two. Mitchell, who is currently in custody, allegedly helped the two escape by providing them with hacksaw blades, chisels, drill bits and a punch.
Matt reportedly had a sexual relationship with Mitchell, CNN reported, adding that she was investigated before for having an inappropriate relationship with Sweat. Her husband, Lyle, reportedly did not know about her relationship with the two convicts, and Mitchell has claimed that the convicts planned to kill him.
Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation.