Streaming giant Netflix has announced plans to team with Halfire Entertainment and Canadian broadcaster CBC for the six-hour scripted true-crime miniseries “Alias Grace” based on the 1996 non-fiction book by Margaret Atwood.
The story follows Grace Marks, a poor and young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer and housekeeper in 1843.
McDermott was hanged, while Marks was sentenced to life imprisonment. She became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada and was eventually exonerated after thirty years in jail.
The series will introduce a fictional young doctor who researches the case and falls in love with Marks. He soon becomes obsessed with her as he seeks to reconcile his perception of the mild-mannered woman he sees with the savage murder of which she has been convicted.
Sarah Polley (“Away From Her”) will write and produce while Mary Harron (“American Psycho”) will direct the project which begins production in August in Ontario. Polley, Harron and Noreen Halpern will executive produce but not premiere date has been set.
Source: The Live Feed