Posted on December 5th, 2018 by Frederik

Great article by The Hollywood Reporter about Toni’s upcoming Netflix series: When the article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” was published in 2015, it didn’t get much attention in Hollywood. But times have changed, and the now-newsy story (by ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project) will soon be available on Netflix as an eight-part series. The story centers on a woman who reported being raped at knifepoint only to end up being prosecuted for lying. Two female detectives then look into the case and come to a surprising conclusion. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon and his wife, Ayelet Waldman, pursued an adaptation shortly after the article was published but had a hard time getting traction. “Nobody wanted to talk about rape,” Waldman (joined by Chabon at the Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden earlier this fall) told THR of the piece, which won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize in the Explanatory Reporting category. Enter Netflix, which picked it up at the start of the year, ordering it to series and gathering a team that also included Susannah Grant, Katie Couric, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (who had also been pursuing it independently). The limited series, which recently wrapped production, stars Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever. “History caught up,” adds Waldman. “It’s a show about believing women, and we couldn’t have a better moment to show America what happens when you don’t believe women.”

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Frederik

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has set its cast for limited series An Unbelievable Story of Rape. Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever have been tapped to star in the eight-episode limited series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article by the Marshall Project and ProPublica. Lisa Cholodenko will direct and exec produce the first three episodes. The series tells the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth. The series is written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and also based on the This American Life radio episode, “Anatomy of Doubt.” Collette and Wever will play detectives whose lives become intertwined in their mutual pursuit of a possible serial rapist. Netflix and producers CBS Television Studios are keeping details of Dever’s character under wraps. The series is exec produced by Susannah Grant, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Cholodenko, Katie Couric, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. This is Toni’s third project for Netflix after the recently-wrapped “Wanderlust” and the September-releasing “Velvet Buzzsaw”.