Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 by Fred Topel
American Crime Story proved that true crime could be addicting television, and each season could tell a complete new story. Hulu’s new series The Act is about to tell you a more recent true crime story. Season one is about Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King), whose mother Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette) was committing Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, keeping her daughter sick so she could keep taking care of her. Gypsy eventually found a man online, Nick Godejohn to kill Dee Dee so she could escape.
Nick Antosca, the creator of Channel Zero and a writer on Hannibal, brought The Act to Hulu. His co-creator on the series is Michelle Dean, author of the 2016 Buzzfeed article that brought this case to national attention. Dean is also a producer and writer on The Act and lead the writer’s room. Her article also became the subject of the HBO documentary. Mommy Dead and Dearest.
“The show though isn’t a factual retelling of the case,” Dean told /Film in a separate interview. “It’s more inspired by the case, something like that. Over the years this case has become like an ocean for me of information. Apprehending that ocean is a big part of constructing the show.”
Antosca spoke with /Film about adapting the true story into eight episodes of television. He’s also in the works on a Chucky TV series with Child’s Play creator Don Mancini, as part of his overall deal with Univesral Content Productions. The Act premieres on Hulu today.