Netflix is developing a suspenseful anthology series based on the international bestseller Anatomy of a Scandal (buy at Amazon) by Sarah Vaughan. S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, The Defenders) will executive produce and direct all episodes.
David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, Goliath) and Melissa James Gibson (House of Cards, The Americans) will write the series, serve as showrunners and executive produce.
The executive producers also include Liza Chasin (The Loudest Voice, Baby Driver) of 3Dot Productions, Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Big Little Lies), Steve Hutensky and Allie Goss of Made Up Stories along with Sarah Vaughan, and Margaret Chernin.
Anatomy of a Scandal will be an insightful and suspenseful series about a sexual consent scandal amongst British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake. The series will consist of six one-hour episodes. The book is officially describes as follows:
Sophie’s husband James is a loving husband and a charismatic government minister. 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 engulf him. She’s kept his darkest secret ever since they were first lovers, at Oxford. And if she stood by him then, she can do it now.
Kate is the barrister prosecuting his case. She’s certain that James is guilty and determined he should pay. No stranger to suffering herself, she doesn’t flinch from posing the questions few want to hear. About what happens between a man and a woman when they’re alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in a lift…
Is James the victim of an unfortunate misunderstanding or the perpetrator of something sinister? Who is right: Sophie or Kate? This scandal – which forces Sophie to appraise her marriage and Kate her demons – will have far-reaching consequences for them all.
Part courtroom thriller, part portrait of a marriage, part exploration of the extent to which our memories still haunt us, Anatomy of a Scandal is a disarming and provocative psychological drama.