Universal Cable Productions is developing The Von Bülow Affair, a scripted true-crime series based on the book by William Wright about the infamous attempted-murder trial of British socialite Claus von Bülow. Ilene Rosenzweig (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) is attached to write the adaptation.

The Von Bülow Affair, set in early 1980s Newport and New York, follows the greatest society trial of the 20th century when von Bülow is arrested for the attempted murder of his wife, millionaire socialite Sunny Von Bülow. After she was found unconscious on her bathroom floor on December 21, 1980, Sunny remained in a coma for 27 years. Claus went on trial for attempted murder in 1982, initiating a legal circus that would last for years. In a comprehensive account of the trial and its aftermath, The Von Bülow Affair draws on court transcripts and interviews with those involved to present a behind-the-scenes look into the legal proceedings as well as the von Bülows’ private lives.

“The story of the von Bülows will go down in history as one of the most sensational scandals in American high society,” said Dawn Olmstead, EVP Development at Universal Cable Productions. “We look forward to delving deeper into this true-crime story that still leaves us cold today.”

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Rosenzwieg is repped by Gersh and attorney Michael Schenkman.