Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley and former House Of Cards showrunner Melissa James Gibson are collaborating to create an anthology series for Netflix, which will be directed by S.J. Clarkson (Succession, Jessica Jones).
Anatomy Of A Scandal is a six-part series based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughan and tells the story of a scandal among the British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.
The original 2017 book centers on a high-flying Westminster politician whose marriage unravels when he is accused of rape. Sophie is sure her husband is innocent, while prosecutor Kate is equally convinced he is guilty.
The idea is that future seasons will focus on different scandals in an anthology format that has echoes of A Very English Scandal. Hugh Grant starred in the first season of the BBC and Amazon show as British politician caught up in a murder conspiracy, while the second season spotlights a 1963 sex scandal.
The other executive producers are Clarkson, Chasin for 3dot, and Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Allie Goss for Made Up Stories. Vaughan and Margaret Chernin are co-executive producers.
Anatomy Of A Scandal will be made in the UK. It was meant to go into production this year, but there are now question marks over when filming can begin due to the coronavirus pandemic.