A trailer has been released for a title with a buzz growing around it, described as Stand by Me meets The Virgin Suicides and even a little Stranger Things thanks to its ’80s setting and the use of popular songs from that decade.
The project is titled When the Street Lights Go On, and it’s a crime drama about a boy who finds the bodies of a murdered girl and teacher in a car out in the woods in the summer of 1983.
You can read much more about the project and check out the first trailer below.
Here’s a short synopsis:
In the summer heat of 1983, a string of unusual occurrences in a small Illinois town culminate with the shocking murders of a popular high school girl and her teacher. When a fellow student, and neighbor, discovers the bodies while riding his bike home one night, the quiet suburban lives of the town’s residents are irrevocably shaken.
When the Street Lights Go On actually began as a feature-length movie script written by Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe. The script went on to take second place in the 2011 Black List competition for the best unproduced screenplays. It finished behind only The Imitation Game, which eventually became the Oscar-winning film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
The script was optioned and had Drew Barrymore attached to direct at one point. When that didn’t work out, it was decided to change course and re-work When the Street Lights Go On as a pilot for a potential TV series. The series was developed by Paramount TV and even sold to Hulu, but they ultimately decided to pass.
The project currently has no home, but was part of a group of pilots for potential shows with no homes that were shown at the recent Sundance Film Festival, which has led to this growing buzz around it.
The pilot is directed by Brett Morgen, the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker behind On the Ropes, The Kid Stays in the Picture, Chicago 10, and Cobain: Montage of Heck, among others. Starring is Max Burkholder, Odessa Young, Adam Long, Ben Winchell, Kelli Mayo, and Graham Beckel.