Netflix has secured the rights to The Ghost in the Machine, Tanya Smith’s new memoir, that is to be adapted into a feature film produced by Issa Rae.
As originally reported by Deadline “The memoir tells Smith’s unbelievable story— of how a middle-class black girl from the North Side of Minneapolis would, in the words of the FBI, ‘become one of the single biggest threats to the entire United States banking system.’” The film will focus on how she outsmarted the FBI and prosecutors for years before things took a turn for the worst. The film will also cover her two prison escapes, as well as her 13-year stint behind bars.
Smith’s memoir, The Ghost in the Machine set to be released in 2021, will chronicle her rise and fall, detailing and how she came to terms with her past and rebuilt her life. Rae will produce through Issa Rae Productions, and Heyman will produce through Heyday Films. Smith will also serve as an executive producer.