Hulu is transferring forward with Dopesick, an 8-episode restricted sequence centered on America’s opioid disaster, brandishing promising marquee names in headliner Michael Keaton, Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson, Emmy-winning author/showrunner Danny Robust and veteran Emmy-winning producer Warren Littlefield.
The sequence, a manufacturing of FOX 21 Tv Studios eyed for 2021, adapts creator Beth Macy’s 2018 journalistic e book, Dopesick: Sellers, Docs and the Drug Firm that Addicted America. Hulu’s sequence, just like the e book, will focus on the ordeal of a Virginia mining city, with Keaton starring as Samuel Finnix, who’s described as “an old-school physician who approaches his follow with kindness and compassion, however finds himself embroiled in Huge Pharma’s lethal secret.” But, the sequence will even intersect “unsparing but deeply human portraits” of households affected by the pill-pushing encroachment of monolithic corporations, all whereas trying to shine “a hopeful gentle” for the longer term. As Bert Salke, President, FOX 21 Tv Studios states:
“Though we had been sharply conscious of and empathetic to the horrifying ache brought on by the Opioid disaster for thousands and thousands on this nation, we had been blown away when Warren Littlefield confirmed us Beth Macy’s e book Dopesick. Consequently, Danny Robust had been crafting his personal telling of the opiate epidemic and in typical Danny type, it was mesmerizing. The truth that Warren and Danny are collaborating on it is a studio’s dream. Along with Barry Levinson and Michael Keaton, we've got each purpose to consider this vital story can be one of many television occasions of the approaching yr.”
With a straight-to-series order from Hulu in place, Dopesick will manifest below the inventive stewardship of author/showrunner Danny Robust, who, recognizable as an actor (notably from TV runs on Gilmore Ladies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), has develop into an offscreen inventive power, having co-created Fox’s recently-ended sequence, Empire, together with script work on movies comparable to The Starvation Video games: Mockingjay Components 1 and a couple of, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Recreation Change (which yielded him two Emmy wins in 2012). As Robust lauds:
“I’m so thrilled to inform this story with an organization as daring and as daring as Hulu. The opioid disaster is likely one of the most vital tales of our time and I’m honored to not solely pay tribute to its victims however to shine a lightweight on the heroes that fought again. Legal guidelines had been damaged and plenty of lies had been informed. The system failed us and Dopesick goes to present everybody the way it all occurred.”
In fact, Robust can have as his director the legendary Levinson, a grasp of comedic drama who, in 1989, took his commerce’s prime prize for Rain Man, profitable the Academy Award for Finest Director. After successful huge display debut with 1982’s Diner, Levinson would go on to subject different classics comparable to The Pure, Tin Males, Good Morning, Vietnam, Bugsy, Toys, Sleepers and Wag the Canine, with newer choices within the Invoice Murray-headlined Rock the Casbah and HBO TV film Paterno, and is in post-production for Harry Haft, a biopic of a WWII-era boxer (Ben Foster). Dopesick will see Robust, Levinson and Littlefield joined within the inventive coalition by star Michael Keaton, who can also be onboard as an government producer.