“The Watcher” Family Reportedly Sold Their Story To Netflix For Big Money And Requested Two Changes

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Lately, Netflix seems to be dominating the streaming charts when it comes to true crime and thriller TV series, with its latest show, The vigilantcontinuing the trend.

Currently #1 on Netflix in the US as of today, The vigilant tells the true story of Nora and Dean Bannock, who move into their dream home in New Jersey. However, they are soon stalked by letters signed by a stalker named “The Watcher”.

Created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the series is based on Reeves Wiedeman’s 2018 The Cut article “The Watcher.” The vigilant marks the second feature from The Cut to have been made into a Netflix show this year; the first is the series produced by Shonda Rhimes inventing ana.

In its first five days of streaming on Netflix, The vigilant It has reportedly seen 125 million hours of viewing. Compared, Dahmer it received 196.2 million viewing hours in its first five days.

The show is already proving to be a huge win for Netflix, a streamer that struggled earlier this year when it came to growing and keeping its subscribers, and it proves that all the money Netflix allegedly paid for the rights to the story was worth it. the sorrow. .

In 2018, Netflix won a contentious bidding war for the rights to The vigilant and, at the time, it was slated to be a movie. According to Deadline, Netflix apparently paid “seven figures” for “the rights package,” which included The Cut’s original article and “the rights of beleaguered owners who have lived through this nightmare for four years.”

At the time, several notable film and television producers wanted to acquire the rights, and a horror producer reportedly offered to buy the house at 657 Boulevard in hopes of using it as a set, according to the Cut.

Now, while the exact amount the Broadduses made is not public knowledge, a neighbor claims he heard the family “pocketed close to $10 million.” But in reality, the amount they received apparently didn’t even cover the losses they suffered at the now-famous house.

In 2019, nearly five years after the Broaddus family paid more than $1.35 million for the house, they put it back on the market and sold it for $959,000. The Cut estimates that they lost $400,000, even before taking into account the agents’ cut, “$100,000 in property taxes” and utility bills and more.

Now, like other true crime TV show subjects, the Broaddus family originally had “little interest” in selling the rights to their story. However, after Lifetime released The vigilant in 2016, without consulting the family and with many changes in history, the family decided that getting involved this time was the right decision.

By selling the rights to their story to Netflix, the Broadduses gained some control when it came to the series’ creation, which is when they requested that two changes be made when it was adapted for television.

According to The Cut, the first request the family made was that the show — or, at the time, the movie — not use their real names, which is why Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale’s characters are named Nora and Dean Brannock. instead of Maria. and Derek Broaddus.

The next request also involved portraying her family on screen. They asked the producers to make sure the family on the show looked as little like their real-life family as possible. On the show, Nora and Dean have two children, while in real life, the Broaddus family has three children.

While these are apparently the only concrete requests the family had when it came to The vigilant done, the show obviously exaggerates other details. However, the writers included actual text from letters the Broaddus family received.

Now the next unavoidable question is: Did you see the Broadduses The vigilant? The answer is that they reportedly “have no plans to watch the show,” adding that the trailer was “traumatic enough.”

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You can read The Cut’s original article from 2018 here and the recent follow-up story here.

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