Hilde Lysiak’s amazing real-life girl-detective story coming to Apple TV

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A show about girl reporter Hilde Lysiak is coming to Apple TV.
Girl reporter Hilde Lysiak solved a murder when she was 9 years old. What have you done today?
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Ever since the days of Nancy Drew, girl detectives have been a staple of young adult fiction. But Hilde Lysiak is the real deal: at 9 years old, she solved a murder.

Apple purchased the TV rights to her story, and will turn it into a 10-episode series. The show, which is as-yet untitled, will be a mystery drama.

Even though still a pre-teen, Hilde Lysiak wanted to be a reporter, and started her own newspaper in Selinsgrove, PA, the Orange Street News. She was serious enough about it to dig into a cold-case murder and ended up solving the crime.

She went on to write several books with her author/journalist father, Matthew Lysiak. The series is called Hilde Cracks the Case.

Hilde Lysiak headed for TV

Apple didn’t require a pilot for the show, signing off on just the proposal. The price paid has yet to be revealed.

The TV show is being created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik, best known for Daredevil. The director will be Jon M. Chu, according to Deadline.

This is one of over a dozen TV shows Apple has ordered, including a sci-fi drama from the producer of  Battlestar Galactica, and an Amazing Stories reboot from Steven Spielberg  himself.

Despite funding all these programs, the company has yet to spell out exactly what it’s going to do with them. The most obvious strategy launching an Apple TV service to compete with Hulu or Netflix. Whether the iPhone maker will actually do that remains a mystery.