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Netflix to Adapt ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ Into a 6-Part Series

Fern Siegel

Sarah Vaughan’s bestseller “Anatomy of a Scandal” will be transformed into a Netflix series.

David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies,” “Goliath”) and Melissa James Gibson (“House of Cards,” “The Americans”) will take on showrunner, writing and executive producer duties.

The streamer describes “Anatomy of a Scandal” as “an insightful and suspenseful series about a sexual consent scandal amongst British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.” More specifically, the novel focuses on the rape accusations against a top Westminster politician. His wife believes him innocent; the prosecutor is sure he’s guilty.

Scheduled to film in the UK, all six, one-hour episodes will be directed by S.J. Clarkson (“Jessica Jones,” “The Defenders”).

Also on the UK front, a new U.S.-UK production company — Complete Fiction — has launched and it is slated to create three new series for Netflix.

The production company’s collaborators include producer Nira Park (“Baby Driver”), director Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz”), director Joe Cornish (“The Kid Who Would Be King”) and executive producer Rachael Prior (“Baby Driver”).

First up is “Lockwood & Co.,” a supernatural detective series, based on the Jonathan Stroud novels. Plus, Complete Fiction optioned Tade Thompson’s horror novella “The Murders of Molly Southbourne” and “The City of Brass,” a historical fantasy.

Also, Netflix is now streaming “Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall,” which was filmed last year. Platt is best known for the streamer’s black comedy “The Politician,” which has just been renewed for a second season and returns June 19.

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