American television network Lifetime has officially greenlighted a four-hour docuseries based on the late disgraced financier, Jeffrey Epstein.
The network announced news of “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’s” development which initially made headlines last summer. News of the series was made at the TCA winter press tour last Saturday. Lifetime hasn’t confirmed when it will air but according to Variety, it is expected to be released this summer.
Surviving Jeffrey Epstein will be helmed by Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern under Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment. Attached to the project is Christopher Mason, a long-time contributing writer to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town & Country and Architectural Digest. Lifetime’s Shura Davidson and Gena McCarthy will executive produce the project.
The announcement comes after the widely successful docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly”. In a similar format, the hit series gave viewers an inside look on the acts of sexual abuse and assault allegedly committed by the hip hop artist. Subsequently, Kelly faced federal charges including kidnapping and child pornography.
Epstein was jailed in July last year after being accused of sexually assaulting and trafficking numerous minors. The high-profile case received international media attention due to Epstein’s association with powerful political figures in the United States and overseas. He died while he was incarcerated in a New York detention center bag in August after reportedly taking his own life. Speculations arose that he may have been murdered.
In a separate project, American filmmaker Adam McKay is currently hard at work developing a limited series about Epstein on HBO. It will be based on Julie K. Brown’s upcoming book about exposing Epstein.
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