'Demons' Drama Exploring Satanic Panic in the Works at Hulu (Exclusive)

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Hulu is poised to face some demons.

The streamer has put drama Demons, inspired by true events and chronicling the hysteria known as the "Satanic Panic" of the 1980s and '90s, in development.

The drama revolves around Marilyn Jones, the seductive "patient zero" in the frenzy surrounding satanic ritual abuse, and her husband, Bennett Lewis, a brilliant but manipulative psychiatrist. In success, each season of Demons would explore a twisted crime affected by the couple's dark exploration into the fragile nature of memory and guilt.

Demons is created and written by newcomer Juliet Lashinsky-Revene, who will exec produce alongside Karyn Usher and Lisa Zwerling via their Carpool Entertainment banner. Lionsgate is the studio on the drama. Amanda Tudesco will produce the drama, which landed at Hulu in a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding.

Lashinsky-Revene is a New York-based writer and director with a genre focus. A psychology major at Swarthmore, she earned her master's in directing at Columbia before getting a job as Chris Terrio's story consultant. Terrio earned an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for 2013's Argo. Lashinsky-Revene plans to direct her first script, feature Inheritance. Demons marks her first TV foray. She is repped by Paradigm, Peter Dealbert of Pacific View Management and Jackoway Tyerman.

Usher and Zwerling are with WME.

"Satanic Panic" became a phenomenon in the '80s and '90s after widespread fear about satanic ritual abuse following the McMartin Preschool case in which members of the McMartin family, which operated a preschool in Manhattan Beach, California, were charged with sexual abuse. The case, which resulted in zero convictions after what, at the time, was the longest trial in U.S. history, included allegations of satanic ritual abuse.