Shonda Rhimes kicks off Netflix series deal with con artist adaptation


TV mogul Shonda Rhimes is turning the real life story of an incarcerated New York con artist into her first series for Netflix.

The Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy creator has optioned the rights to reporter Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York Party People, which was published in late May (18).

The piece detailed how Delvey, born Anna Sorokin, portrayed herself as a wealthy Russian socialite with big business plans to allegedly trick dozens of unsuspecting locals into helping to fund her luxury lifestyle.

Sorokin was eventually arrested last year (17) and charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, among other crimes.

She has pleaded not guilty, and is being held without bail at the Big Apple’s notorious Rikers Island prison.

Rhimes will adapt the show herself. A premiere date has yet to be announced, but the project will be part of her new five-year contract with streaming service Netflix, which she joined last summer (17) after 15 years at top TV network ABC.