Michaella McCollum is reportedly in talks with a production company, about turning her ‘Peru Two’ drug mule story into a TV series.
Back in 2013, the Tyrone native and Scottish woman Melissa Reid hit headlines worldwide when they were caught attempting to smuggle £1.5m worth of cocaine out of Peru.
Both women were jailed for six years and eight months, but were released in 2016 – and now Michaella is gearing up to release her tell-all book, dubbed ‘House of Women’.
Earlier this week, the 25-year-old took a trip to London, where she admitted to meeting with a production company about turning the contents of her book into a TV show.
Taking to Instagram, Michaella revealed, “Successful meeting with production company. What would you like to see the book turned into?”
A source has since told the MailOnline: “True crime dramas have never been more successful and companies are always looking for the next one.”
“There is huge demand, real life is often stranger than fiction. Think Netflix series Narcos, based on druglord Pablo Escobar, or The People vs OJ Simpson.”
“Danny Boyle directed Trust about the Getty kidnap, earlier this year the ITV series Manhunt was big, starring Martin Clunes as the man who brought serial killer Levi Bellfield to justice.”
The source continued, “The book Manhunt by the cop who got Bellfield (Colin Sutton) was timed to come out at the same time for maximum impact. If Michaella does the same she could make a fortune.”
“The series also ran back to back on consecutive nights. You are seeing now that with mini-series drama they are rolled out over a week as we have a binge-watch and box set generation now.
“You can go on Netflix and consume a whole series as quick as you like and true crime drama is huge right now – but there are very few based on women,” the insider said.
“That will be a major hand to play for Michaella – a young attractive woman finds herself involved in the world of international drug trafficking and ends up languishing in a grotty Peru prison. It’s a great story, what’s not to like?”
“The book, a TV series, modelling, a spoken word tour – there is the potential there for Michaella to make thousands and get very rich from it,” they added.
According to reports, Michaella was set to publish her book ‘House of Women’ last year, but the publication was delayed.
The book has been described as “the prison memoir of Michaella McCollum, one half of the infamous ‘Peru Two’ imprisoned in a Peruvian jail for attempting to smuggle 11kg of cocaine”.
“Told through her own diaries and letters to her mother, family and friends, and the ‘stupid mistake that would change her life forever.'”
“Recounting tales of vicious guards, psychotic inmates and horrendous prison conditions, the story is truly shocking. Before she made the decision that would characterise the rest of her life, Michaella was just an ordinary girl who enjoyed a good time. Many readers will be able to identify with her a party girl who took it a step too far.”
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