Shonda Rhimes To Base Netflix Series On Woman Who Scammed Her Way Into Being A NYC Socialite
For her first Netflix series, Shonda Rhimes is bringing a New York Magazine article to life.
Deadline reports that the Scandal creator is adapting the article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler into a series. In the article, Anna Delvey, who is based off of real life faux socialite Anna Sorokin, scams her way into the New York social scene as she claims to be a wealthy German heiress. She scammed businesses and banks out of lump sums of money until the law caught up with her. Many producers jumped at the chance to bring this story to the small screen but Rhimes was able to grab this opportunity.
Anna Sorokin is now being held at New York’s Riker’s Island jail without bond and is facing charges of grand larceny and theft of services. Sorokin has plead not guilty.
Rhimes is currently working on the pilot and is meeting with writers to help develop the series.