Lifetime’s ‘The Gabby Petito Story’ Is Ripped From Headlines

Gabby Petito Story Used With Lifetime's Permission

Lifetime’s latest Ripped From The Headlines movie is The Gabby Petito Story. This highly anticipated movie stars Skyler Samuels (Nine Lives of Chloe King, Scream Queens) as Gabby Petito and Evan Hall (Orange is the New Black, Mars) as Brian Laundrie.

The film is written by Gregory Small (Wrath: A Seven Deadly Sins Story, V.C. Andrews’ Pearl In The Mist), and Richard Blaney (Gone Mom, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret) and directed by Thora Birch, in her directorial debut. Birch is part of the Broader Focus program of first-time directors.

What else do we know about this movie?

Thora Birch-Lifetime, used with permission
Thora Birch-Lifetime, used with permission

What Is Lifetime’s The Gabby Petito Story About?

According to the press release, this movie is based on a true-life story.

The Gabby Petito Story explores Gabby and her fiancé Brian Laundrie’s complicated relationship and what may have gone wrong during their cross-country trip that resulted in Gabby’s tragic murder.

The disappearance of Gabby Petito captured America’s attention, setting off a nationwide search for the 22-year-old travel blogger after her parents reported her missing in September 2021, when she failed to return home following her cross-country “van-life” trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie. Non-stop coverage on the news drove amateur sleuths to dissect Gabby’s social media posts for clues about what happened to her during her trip, leading to the eventual discovery of her body in Wyoming.

As the one-year anniversary of her tragic death approaches, the movie will bring to life Gabby and Brian’s doomed love story, including the warning signs that Gabby’s life was in danger, the ensuing search for her, the eventual discovery of her murder, and ultimately, Brian’s suicide.

Gabby Petito Story Used With Lifetime's Permission
Gabby Petito Story Used With Lifetime’s Permission

When Can You Watch The Gabby Petito Story?

The premiere of Lifetime’s Ripped From The Headlines movie, The Gabby Petito Story is on Saturday, October 1, at 8 p.m., Eastern.

Don’t Miss Lifetime’s Beyond the Headlines: Gabby Petito

Immediately after Lifetime’s The Gabby Petito Story is the one-hour true crime documentary special, Beyond The Headlines: Gabby Petito.

In this documentary, viewers will see get the real-life story of the tragic road trip the days before her tragic murder. More so, the documentary will focus on her private life, as well as her public life.

This includes people who knew her, as well as the cyber sleuths who solved this horrific homicide.

When Is The Premiere Of Beyond The Headlines: Gabby Petito?

Finally, Beyond The Headlines: Gabby Petito premieres on Saturday, October 1, at 10 p.m., Eastern, on Lifetime.

Lifetime Developing More ‘Powerful Stories’

Lifetime is also developing other movies “surrounding violence against women who may not have had the same media attention as Gabby Petito.”

Similarly, those in development include the stories of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, Adriane Fields, and Beatrice Weston, among others.

Don’t miss the premiere of The Gabby Petito Story on Saturday, October 1, at 8 p.m., Eastern, on Lifetime.



Georgia Makitalo

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