Get ready for another true crime series to whet your Making a Murderer and American Crime Story appetite.
Universal Cable Productions announced Tuesday it’s developing true crime book The Von Bülow Affair into a scripted series, with Ilene Rosenzweig (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) attached to write.
Published in 1983 by playwright William Wright, The Von Bülow Affair follows the attempted murder trial of British socialite Claus von Bülow. His wife Sunny was found unconscious in December 1980 after an insulin overdose and stayed in a coma for 27 years. Claus was arrested and subsequently convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1982. However, Von Bülow’s conviction was ultimately overturned. In a second trial in 1985, he was found not guilty. (One of his lawyers was Alan Dershowitz, who’s played by Evan Handler in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson.)
Wright pored over court transcripts and interviewed the involved parties to paint a portrait of the trial and the life of the Von Bülows in his book.
“The story of the Von Bülows will go down in history as one of the most sensational scandals in American high society,” Universal Cable Productions EVP of Development Dawn Olmstead said in a statement. “We look forward to delving deeper into this true crime story that still leaves us cold today.”
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The podcast Serial and last year’s HBO miniseries The Jinx became massively popular, as did Netflix’s 10-installment docu-series Making a Murderer. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are adapting Serial for TV; no network is attached yet.
The flashy life of the Von Bülows previously found its way to nonfiction TV in a 2008 episode of Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice on truTV.