The Silent Twins
The Pitch: The Silent Twins have gotten a made for TV movie in the UK (trailer above), but their story is so unusual that it deserves something a bit flashier. It could be a deeply moody film that speaks to the pain of creating an identity apart from family. As June lives (free and seemingly mentally stable), it'd probably be best to center a film on her, and her struggle to love her sister while attempting to be separate from her. Imagine The Brothers Bloom, but darker. This is the kind of story I'd love to see We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay handle. Can someone get on that please?
The Pitch: A recent low-budget thriller has imagined a found footage approach to tackling this tale, following five filmmakers aiming to retrace the steps of the ill-fated ski trippers. But I'd be more interested in seeing the original story explored as a monster movie, where something so big and horrible emerged from Death Mountain that it scared the hikers to abandon their tents in a rush, without proper weather protection. Perhaps a yeti or a terrible troll could be the creature at the center of this feature. Or considering the timeframe of the 1950s you could go the science-gone-awry path and have it be a beast of the atomic age, which would inspire a government cover-up.
The Disappearance Of Belle Elmore
The Pitch: Crippen's story is most often remember for being the first where a telegraph communication--in this case from a boat captain to Scotland Yard--was used to collar a criminal. Nonetheless, there's something deeply creepy about a man who'd murder his wife, wrap his lover in her clothes and happily live in their home until suspicion loomed too large. By all accounts, Crippen was not a bold man. He was typically described as mild-mannered, especially in contrast to his big and brassy wife. But clearly there was something sinister in his soul, inspiring him to poison his wife, hide the body, and effectively recast her with his doting assistant. Given the right screenwriter--say Peter Morgan--this intimate tale of betrayal and murder could be made into a harrowing domestic thriller for the ages.