Shonda Rhimes Takes On NYC Grifter Anna Delvey’s Story For Her First Netflix Project

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Written by Ann Brown

Anna Delvey (real name Anna Sorokin) took the New York social scene by storm.

The only problem? She was a fake socialite. She scammed her rich friends who thought she was a German heiress. She also ran up $50,000 in unpaid hotel bills and defrauded international banks. The Russian-born Sorokin is now in custody on Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex, after being charged with multiple counts of grand larceny and theft. She has pleaded not guilty.

Sorokin, now 27, was arrested in 2017, after allegedly scamming banks, investors, and a friend out of nearly $275,000. Sorokin’s story was profiled by Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel Deloache Williams—a friend who was scammed out of $62,000 during a trip to Morocco. The friend detailed how she was duped by Sorokin, the Gothamist reported.

While Sorokin is behind bars awaiting trial, her story is being turned into a Netflix project helmed by Shonda Rhimes, thanks to a New York magazine articler.
Shondaland, Rhimes’ TV production company, has acquired the rights to the New York Magazine article, “How Anna Sorokin Tricked New York’s Party People,” written by Jessica Pressler. “Rhimes is attached to write the series,” Variety reported.
This will be the first Netflix project for Rhimes since she inked a blockbuster overall deal in August 2017. For the deal, she left her long-time home, ABC Studios.
Rhimes created the hit TV shows “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How To Get Away With Murder,”
“Since moving to Netflix last August, Rhimes had been quietly acquiring IP, meeting with writers and developing ideas for potential series. She is in the first year of a five-year deal that, in success, could bring her $300 million or more,” Deadline reported.
Actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie have reportedly expressed interest in playing the lead role. And the accused is trying to have a hand in how her story will play out on TV.
Variety reported that Sorokin has been making calls to people in Hollywood to have a say in who will play her onscreen.
Another inmate at Rikers told The Cut that Sorokin pays for press, that articles about her are ‘strategic leaks,’ and the only purpose of them would be to keep Sorokin’s name on people’s minds while she serves her sentence, Mashable reported.
Rhimes will remain involved with ABC shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “For the People,” “Station 19,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”
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