Shonda Rhimes has lined up her first Netflix series, and she’s picked a hot topic to focus on: Anna Delvey, the socialite scammer who made world headlines this year.
Delvey, whose real name was Anna Sorokin, conned New York’s social scene into thinking that was a millionaire, using wads of cash to help convince people that she was a wealthy heiress. Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People exposed the fraud, with the article going viral.
While the internet went wild for this rise and fall story, with Sorokin being charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, Hollywood was also paying attention. A number of producers reportedly pursued the article in a hope to bag the rights for an adaptation, but Netflix has come out on top. Their own wads of funds no doubt helped but the attachment of Rhimes to the project, according to Deadline, helped push their bid over the top.
The project is the first to be announced by Shondaland and Netflix since the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator inked a major overall deal with the streaming giant last year, alongside longtime producing partner, Betsy Beers makes the move to Netflix as well. The five-year agreement saw her leave her former home of ABC Studios.
“Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” said Rhimes when the deal was announced. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for – the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”
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