The terrible criminal case concerning the murder of Alexia Daval had shaken the whole of France in 2017. A striking news item, which will soon be the subject of a television series adaptation, inspired by the book published by the parents of the victim.
The Alexia Daval affair: a television adaptation
After the TV fictions on the affair of little Grégory, Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès or Michel Fourniret, a new news item comes to subject to adaptation for the small screen. Indeed, the production companies Gaumont and Nac Films announced via the publication of a press release that they had acquired the rights to adapt the book. Alexia, our daughter, published on October 28, 2021, written by Isabelle and Jean-Pierre Fouillot, parents of Alexia Daval.
Co-written with producer Thomas Chagnaud, the parents of the young woman retrace the journey of their daughter who died at 29 : since meeting Jonathann Daval when she was 16, until her death 13 years later. For the moment, no name of screenwriter, director or broadcaster is currently associated with the program. The adaptation project of this intimate and moving testimony will be held in a series of 6 episodes of 52 minutes.
A dark story
Back to a terrible murder case. Two days after the report of her disappearance, Alexia Fouillot, the wife of Jonathann Daval, was found dead in the vicinity of the town of Gray, on October 30, 2017, the partially calcined body. After showing the face of a grieving widower for three months, alongside his in-laws, the computer scientist is arrested and placed in police custody. He confesses on January 30, 2018 to having killed his wife “Accidentally”, before retracting and to accuse his brother-in-law to be the murderer in the context of a family conspiracy.
Jonathann Daval was sentenced to 25 years of criminal imprisonment for the murder of his wife. After multiple lies and versions, the man ended up admitting to having strangled Alexia during an argument, then transported her remains to the forest before try to set it on fire. An overwhelming affair which kept the whole of France in suspense for many months.
Gaumont’s speed in initiating this adaptation is part of the a fundamental trend. Indeed, there is a strong demand from viewers who are interested in news items. We find successful documentaries on the Netflix platform, but also on HBO. The TV channels are doing it more and more, whether at M6 or TF1. What to clarify a little more these terrible affairs which arouse our curiosity so much.