Apple TV+ has ordered “Five Days At Memorial,” a restricted series from Oscar-winner John Ridley and Emmy winner Carlton Cuse, which chronicles occasions within the speedy aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The pickup of the brand new series, primarily based on the acclaimed non-fiction ebook by Pulitzer Prize profitable writer Sheri Fink, comes on the 15th anniversary of one among America’s worst pure disasters.
“Five Days At Memorial,” from ABC Signature, chronicles the primary 5 days in a New Orleans, LA, hospital after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. When the floodwaters rose, the ability failed, and the warmth climbed, exhausted caregivers had been compelled to make life-and-death choices that haunted them for years to return.
Ultimately, forty useless our bodies had been discovered within the hospital. The ebook explores how and why that occurred. On the floor, it’s a catastrophe thriller however at its core is an examination of adverse ethical and moral choice making in a time of nice disaster.
Ridley and Cuse will each function writers, government producers and co-showrunners. Ridley wrote the pilot script, with him and Cuse splitting up the writing duties on the opposite episodes. Ridley will direct the pilot and quite a few subsequent episodes. Fink additionally exec produces.
Fink’s “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital” has been sought-after IP.
In a aggressive scenario, the ebook, printed by Crown in 2013, was initially acquired by Scott Rudin to show right into a film. When the choice lapsed, the rights had been swiftly acquired by Ryan Murphy for a restricted series adaptation. The ebook was earmarked as supply materials for the then-in-the-works “American Crime Story: Katrina” installment of the Emmy-winning FX anthology series, with Murphy’s go-to-actor, Sarah Paulson, connected to play Dr. Anna Pou, the physician on responsibility at Memorial when the storm hit.
“ACS: Katrina” finally was shelved. When “Five Days At Memorial” turned obtainable once more, Cuse rapidly stepped in, buying the rights by means of his general deal at ABC Signature. He then reached out to Ridley, additionally primarily based at ABC Signature, to collaborate on the challenge collectively.
In “Five Days At Memorial,” Fink, a doctor in addition to a author, takes an unflinching look at the selections medical doctors made at Memorial Medical Center, a hospital in New Orleans that was overwhelmed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.
The ebook appears to reply the query whether or not medical employees at Memorial, led by Dr. Pou, euthanized critically ailing sufferers after being trapped within the hospital for days with out energy. It additionally focuses on an try and prosecute Dr. Pou and two nurses for murder after an investigation confirmed elevated ranges of morphine and different medication in 23 sufferers who had died at the hospital over the five-day interval throughout Katrina.
Fink gained the Pulitzer for a dispatch she wrote as an task for ProPublica and The New Times Magazine in 2009, titled The Deadly Choices at Memorial, which she then expanded right into a ebook.
Former “Lost” exec producer/co-showrunner Cuse serves as government producer/showrunner on the Netflix series “Locke & Key,” which he additionally developed. He beforehand co-created and was government producer/showrunner on the primary two seasons of Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” and co-created/government produced A&E’s “Bates Motel,” FX’s “The Strain” and USA’s “Colony.”
“12 Years Of Slave” author Ridley created and government produced the ABC anthology series “American Crime” and Showtime’s restricted series “Guerilla.” He is connected to put in writing, direct and government produce an untitled musical drama series for Showtime, government produced by Alicia Keys and “La La Land”’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.