The Michelle Carter Suicide Texting Case Is Being Turned Into A True Crime Series

Even though Michelle Carter was nowhere near Conrad Roy when he killed himself, prosecutors successfully argued she was responsible for his death.

By Gina Tron

Could a television series based on the Michelle Carter case be in the works? All signs point to yes.

Universal Content Productions, or UCP, has optioned the rights to Jesse Barron’s 2017 Esquire article "The Girl From Plainview," Deadline reports. 

UCP is the producer behind true-crime television series “Dirty John,” based on the story of John Meehan, and “The Act,” which focused on the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case. 

The Carter case marked new territory for prosecutors and defense attorneys alike. Carter was 17 when she encouraged the 2014 suicide of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, over text messages. Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter conviction in 2017. She's currently serving a 15-month sentence while her defense tries to have her conviction vacated.

The case was the subject of a recent HBO documentary "I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth V. Michelle Carter," directed by Erin Lee Carr. It featured interviews with Barron.

Conrad Roy and Michelle Carter

Both Carr and Barron will be consulting producers on the new UCP series, Deadline reports.

“Partnering with Jesse and Erin on adapting this true crime into a drama series allows us to dive deeper into the events surrounding one of the most controversial trials in recent history,” Dawn Olmstead, president of UCP, said in a statement.“They have already done an incredible job in illuminating this compelling and complicated story.”

Barron expressed excitement about the new development in a Thursday tweet.

“This story has been covered extensively but I think a scripted version could get closest to the emotional heart,” he wrote.

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