George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s indie production company Smokehouse Pictures is partnering with Making a Murderer filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos for AMERICA’S MOST ADMIRED LAWBREAKER based on a series of Huffington Post articles by Steven Brill.
The collaboration comes after the announcement of a first-look deal between Smokehouse and Sonar Entertainment. The TV series centers on the real-life story of of a venerable pharmaceutical company that created a powerful drug that was marketed aggressively to children and the elderly while allegedly manipulating and hiding data about its terrible side effects. The drug company has since been investigated and agreed to pay more than $2 billion in penalties and settlements. Even so, the company made a reported $30 billion in sales of the drug worldwide.
Under the Sonar-Smokehouse partnership, the production company will produce drama and comedy series for cable and streaming outlets. America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker marks Smokehouse’s foray into television. They have produced films such as Leatherheads, August: Osage County, Argo, and most recently Money Monster starring Clooney and Julia Roberts. They are currently developing Clooney’s next directorial venture Suburbicon starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer