Shonda Rhimes is ready for her first project with Netflix.
The mega-producer is adapting the infamous story of Anna Delvey, to the little screen. Shonsaland and the streaming giant have acquired the rights to the New York Magazine article, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler. Rhimes herself will pen the script.
Delvey posed as a wealthy German heiress who made her way into NYC’s social elite. She even managed to con people to fund her lavish lifestyle. She is currently being held without bond in Rikers Island prison.
This will serve as Rhimes’ first project as part of her multi-year deal with Netflix. The move from ABC to the streaming giant was announced in August 2017. News of Shondaland’s exit after 15 years from ABC, where she launched serious hits like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and Private Practice rocked the TV world.
At the time Rhimes said in a statement, “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. 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.”