Cathy Schulman Taps Writer for 'The Trials of Nina McCall' (Exclusive)

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Laura Harrington

The feature will tell the story of one of the largest mass quarantines in U.S. history.

Laura Harrington has been tapped to write The Trials of Nina McCall, which will tell the story of one of the largest mass quarantines in U.S. history.

The film is an adaptation of the forthcoming book by Scott Wasserman Stern, which is due out in spring 2018 from Beacon Press. Cathy Schulman (Crash, Bad Moms) picked up the film rights to Stern's novel over the summer and will produce via her Welle Entertainment banner.

The story will center on the American Plan, a program set up by the U.S. military and U.S. Centers for Disease Control that allowed local law enforcement and health officials to gather up, incarcerate and "treat" young women who were unfairly blamed for the spread of venereal disease among American soldiers throughout both World Wars. 

The Trials of Nina McCall will follow one heroic woman who was arrested and imprisoned under the plan, but decided to fight back.

Harrington penned the upcoming Lifetime movie Faith Under Fire, which stars Toni Braxton. She is repped by APA, Untitled Entertainment and Gochman Law.