Today, Netflix announced that they ordered a straight to series show from John Wells’ production company. Maid is a female-driven project inspired by Stephanie Land’s New York Times best-selling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. Margot Robbie’s production company LuckyChap Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, will be serving as executive producers.
Maid will be written and showrun by Molly Smith Metzler (Shameless and Orange Is the New Black). Netflix says the show will explore a “beautiful, alive, gritty and inspiring exploration of poverty in America.” Maid will follow a single mother who turns to housekeeping to — barely — make ends meet as she battles against poverty, homelessness, and bureaucracy.
In a statement released today LuckyChap Entertainment said, “Stephanie Land’s book is a powerful and necessary read, with incredible insight into the struggles people face whilst just trying to get by. We are thrilled to partner with John Wells and his amazing team, as well as WBTV and Netflix, to help this story reach as wide an audience as possible.” Robbie has an actress-producer overall deal with WBTV
VP of Original Series at Netflix, Channing Dungey, added, “Maid is a poignant portrait that chronicles Stephanie Land’s strife and victories, and has the power to connect with our members around the world as they identify with her struggles and root for her success. We’re excited to share the stories inspired by Stephanie’s book and bring them to life along with WBTV, John Wells Productions and LuckyChap Entertainment.”
Wells signed a deal with WBTV in June and currently has thirteen projects in the works with them. He has been at WBTV since 1986 and has created ER, The West Wing, and Shameless while there. In regards to Maid, Wells said, “Stephanie tells the searing and remarkably human story of a young woman battling to find a secure future for herself and her infant daughter, Mia, in the face of overwhelming odds and governmental assistance programs of impossible complexity. We’re delighted to be able to partner with LuckyChap, Warner Bros, and the extraordinarily talented Molly Metzler to tell this moving story.”