Ava DuVernay has agreed to write and direct a five-part miniseries with Netflix about the infamous case of five young men who were wrongly accused and convicted of a gruesome rape in New York City’s Central Park in 1989
This is DuVernay’s second project with Netflix, after 2016’s Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, which focused on the racial and ethnic disparities within the criminal-justice system, mass incarceration and private prisons, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The story of the men known as the Central Park Five has riveted me for than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn—from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for execution by the man who would go on to be the president of the United States.
Executive producers for the project include DuVernay, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey with her Harpo Productions company, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions, according to the Hollywood Reporter.