Netflix Orders Anthology Drama ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ From The People Behind ‘Big Little Lies’ & ‘House of Cards’

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21 May 20

Netflix Orders Anthology Drama ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ From The People Behind ‘Big Little Lies’ & ‘House of Cards’

Netflix has ordered a new anthology drama Anatomy of a Scandal, from ‘Big Little Lies’ creator David E. Kelley and ex-‘House Of Cards’ showrunner Melissa James Gibson the streaming service has announced.

Based on the internationally bestselling novel ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ by Sarah Vaughan, the series is described as “an insightful and suspenseful drama about a sexual consent scandal amongst British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.” The drama consists of six episodes and will follow an anthology format, with each one telling a different scandal.

The original novel centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

David E. Kelley (‘Big Little Lies’, ‘Goliath’) and Melissa James Gibson (‘House of Cards’, ‘The Americans’) will serve as writers, showrunners and exec producers. 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 also exec produce, along with Sarah Vaughan, and Margaret Chernin as Co-Executive Producer.

Anatomy of a Scandal will be shot in the UK, with S.J. Clarkson (‘Jessica Jones’, ‘The Defenders’) is set to direct all episodes, although exactly when that will happen is anyone’s guess… It was originally planned to shoot in 2020, but with everything shut down due to the pandemic, that may push filming to next year. We’ll let you know when we hear more.