As confirmed by See What’s Next (see the tweet below), Rhimes is attached to write a project about Anna Delvey, a con woman who was able to pose as a German heiress and, in the process, scam hundreds of thousands of dollars from people in the process. It’s a fascinating story that was the subject of a fantastic article and with that, we do think that there is a lot of great story to tell here depending on the adaptation.
Clearly, this is a very different project for Rhimes given that these are recent true-life events that are inspiring this story, and it is a fascinating one. How can someone accumulate this much money before being found out? That’s a fascinating subject and it could be something worth exploring more in-depth. The great thing about the Netflix model is that it works so much different from network television in a wide array of different ways. Rhimes is going to have more of an opportunity to tell some of the stories that she wants to tell in whatever length or format she desires. She no longer has to worry about doing 22-24 episodes a season of 42-43 minutes like she did when she was the primary Grey’s Anatomy showrunner; the same goes for Scandal, even if over the final few years there she didn’t have to do as many episodes as she did in the past.
At this point, we like to think that Rhimes has earned enough storytelling clout for us to trust whatever idea she gets involved in. The same goes for someone like Matthew Weiner or Vince Gilligan. They’ve earned their place within the pantheon of showrunners.
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