Hunting Ghislaine, a podcast about Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, will be adapted into a television miniseries, after Eleventh Hour Films, a Sony Pictures Television-backed company, acquired the small screen rights, according to Variety. Paula Cuddy, creative director for Eleventh Hour Films, said “it has all the hallmarks of premium drama.”
“John’s compelling podcast Hunting Ghislaine puts Ghislaine Maxwell centre stage, unravels her story and asks what went wrong for the girl who seemingly had it all,” Cuddy said via The Hollywood Reporter. “Set in a richly glittering international world, dark secrets are revealed and always in the shadows looms the formative relationship between a daughter and her father.”
Former BBC journalist Bob Sweeney wrote and hosted the six-part podcast produced by Leading Britain’s Conversation, a U.K. radio station, which chronicled Maxwell’s history with her “disgraced billionaire” father, Robert Maxwell, and her partnership and alleged aiding of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to Deadline.
Sweeney, who will act as a consultant and an executive producer for the miniseries, said he is excited to see someone adapt Hunting Ghislaine for the small screen and shouted out Global and The Story Lab, who commissioned the podcast.
“The grim shadow Robert Maxwell cast over people, above all his favorite child, Ghislaine, has long fascinated me,” Sweeney said via Variety. “It was a privilege to be able to tell that story to listeners for Global and The Story Lab, working with Chalk & Blade. I could not be more thrilled that a company with the profile, expertise and stellar slate of Eleventh Hour Films now wants to make a TV series based on our podcast.”
In addition to Sweeney, Cuddy, Eve Gutierrez and Jill Green of Eleventh Hour Films will serve as executive producers, alongside Chris Baughen of Global and Robbie Ashcroft of The Story Lab, according to Variety.