Hulu announced today a new series, Dopesick, from Emmy Award-winning writer Danny Strong (Empire) and starring and executive produced by Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton.
“The minute we met with Danny Strong about Beth Macy’s
bestselling book, we immediately knew it was the kind of groundbreaking series
we just had to bring to Hulu. Danny’s unflinching and deeply compelling take on
America’s opioid crisis will bring to life one of the most important stories
impacting our culture. Add to that the cinematic vision of Barry Levinson
and the extraordinary talent of Michael Keaton, and we’ve got an undeniable
series that perfectly embodies our Hulu Originals brand,” said Craig Erwich,
SVP of Originals, Hulu.
Dopesick is the story of America’s struggle with Opioid
addiction. The show takes viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community,
to the hallways of the DEA, and to the opulence of “one percenter” Big Pharma
Manhattan. The unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the various
affected families and their intersecting stories hold up a mirror to where
America is right now, while shining a hopeful light on the heroes battling the
worst drug epidemic in American history.
“Although we were sharply aware of and
empathetic to the horrifying pain caused by the Opioid crisis for millions in
this country, we were blown away when Warren Littlefield showed us Beth Macy’s
book Dopesick. Consequently, Danny Strong had been crafting his own
telling of the opiate epidemic and in typical Danny form, it was mesmerizing.
The fact that Warren and Danny are collaborating on this is a studio’s dream.
Together with Barry Levinson and Michael Keaton, we have every reason to
believe this important story will be one of the tv events of the coming year,”
said Bert Salke, President, FOX 21 Television Studios.
Michael Keaton stars
as Samuel Finnix, an old-school doctor who approaches his practice with
kindness and compassion, but finds himself embroiled in Big Pharma’s deadly
“I’m so thrilled to tell this story with a company as bold and as daring as Hulu,” said writer Danny Strong. “The opioid crisis is one of the most important stories of our time and I’m honored to not only pay tribute to its victims but to shine a light on the heroes that fought back. Laws were broken and many lies were told. The system failed us and Dopesick is going to show everyone how it all happened.”
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