Shonda Rhimes and her Shondaland banner have set up the first project under her new, huge Netflix deal.
Shondaland and Netflix have acquired the rights to the New York Magazine article, "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People" by Jessica Pressler, to adapt it as a series.
The viral article, which just came out on May 28, had several producers swarming to bring it to television or the big screen. According to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, "Netflix stepped up in a big way, and Rhimes’ commitment to do the adaptation as her first series for the streaming platform further tipped the scales."
The article centers on Anna Delvey (whose real name is Anna Sorkin), a young woman who lied and scammed her way into the New York City social/party scene, conning members of high society. A crucial part of the story is Neffatari “Neff” Davis, a former concierge who was unwittingly caught up in her scheme. Sorkin claimed to be a German heiress and conned money out of banks, businesses and associates. Charged multiple counts of grand larceny and theft of services, she is being held without bond on Rikers Island. She has plead not guilty.
Rhimes is creating the series and will write the pilot -- marking the first series she has created since Scandal as the last several Shondaland series have comes from other creators.
Also according to Andreeva, Rhimes has been quietly acquiring IP and meeting with writes to develop ideas for forthcoming series on the streaming service.