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‘Making A Murderer’ Creators & George Clooney Teaming Up For Scripted Drama

The series is based on a series of articles about a shady pharmaceutical company and their powerful drug they marketed to kids and the elderly.

George Clooney

George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s production company Smokehouse Pictures has just inked a deal with Sonar Entertainment to produce television content.  For their first project, they will team up with “Making a Murderer” creators, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, on the scripted drama “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker.”

Based on the Huffington Post series of articles by journalist Steven Brill, the true story followed a venerable pharmaceutical company that created a powerful drug and marketed it aggressively to children and the elderly while allegedly manipulating and hiding data about its terrible side effects. The drug company made a reported $30 billion in sales of the drug worldwide but was later investigated and agreed to pay more than $2 billion in penalties and settlements. Ricciardi and Demos will adapt the series along with Nicki Palugawill. The “Making a Murderer” duo are also on board to direct.

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“We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with George and Grant and their talented team at Smokehouse,” Sonar CEO Thomas Lesinski said. “Smokehouse has a stellar track record of delivering commercial and critically acclaimed content. Smokehouse will be a great partner for Sonar Entertainment, as the two companies align perfectly in our approaches to premium TV programming.”

A network is not yet attached to the project and the number of episodes it will have is unknown at this time.

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Clooney and Heslov’s deal with Sonar will have their company produce drama and comedy series for cable and streaming outlets. Currently on Smokehouse’s roster is “Ms,” a miniseries about Gloria Steinem and the founding of Ms Magazine, set up at HBO, and set up at Showtime, they have “The Studio,” an ongoing series about a movie studio in the 1990s. Previous film work includes “The Ides Of March,” “The Monuments Men,” “Argo,” “Money Monster” and “Our Brand Is Crisis.”

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