Netflix is turning to journalism for its next adaptation, broaching subjects such as rape, false accusations and repeated trauma.
The eight-episode series is An Unbelievable Story of Rape, the Pulitzer Prize-winning article by T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project, and the subject of the This American Life radio episode, “Anatomy of Doubt”.
Soon after it was published, the article went viral, putting the spotlight firmly on the traumatic experiences of victims when reporting sexual violence, as well as the entrenched institutional biases hindering their investigations.
Now, that same story is the subject of an upcoming Netflix true-crime series, Unbelievable.
The long-form piece explores the false rape accusation of a teenager named Marie that led Colorado detectives Edna Hendershot and Stacy Galbraith on an ongoing chase until they discovered the truth.
Toni Collette and Merritt Wever will be playing the two detectives whose lives became hijacked by the details of this fabricated case. The details of Dever's character have yet to be released.
Susannah Grant, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Cholodenko, Katie Couric, Michael Chabon, and Ayelet Waldman are all slated to executive produce. The series will be written by original reporters T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong.
Netflix has yet to announce its release date, but it's clear that whenever it arrives, it's going to open up the conversation about how we treat rape accusers – especially, female rape accusers – once more.
You can read the Pulitzer-winning piece here.