David E. Kelley, the creator of shows Big Little Lies and Mr. Mercedes, is teaming up with Melissa James Gibson, who was a showrunner on House of Cards, to develop a psychological thriller series for Netflix titled Anatomy of a Scandal.
They will write, executive produce, and showrun the six-part miniseries, which is based on Sarah Vaughan’s best-selling novel. It’s described as an “insightful and suspenseful series about a sexual consent scandal amongst British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.”
S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, The Defenders) will direct all episodes, and also takes an executive producer credit. The show will be shot in the U.K. Here’s the description of the story from the book:
You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him.
An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.
Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.
Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.
Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.
Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?
Does this sound like it would make for a series that you’d be interested in watching?