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Apple will revisit Hurricane Katrina in a limited series from John Ridley and Carlton Cuse.
Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave) and Cuse (Lost, Locke & Key) will serve as showrunners, writers and executive producers of Five Days at Memorial. Based on Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s book, the series will chronicle the first five days at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005. When the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions that haunted them for years to come.
ABC Signature, where Ridley and Cuse both have overall deals, is producing. Fink will also executive produce.
Ridley is also working on a musical drama set in his hometown of Milwaukee for Showtime, alongside fellow executive producers Alicia Keys and Dear Evan Hansen songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Cuse, meanwhile, has a second season of long-time passion project Locke & Key at Netflix and is an executive producer of Jack Ryan at Amazon, though he’s stepped back from showrunner duties on the latter.
Five Days at Memorial is the latest literary adaptation to join the slate at Apple’s TV+ streaming platform. The tech giant’s TV arm is also at work on adaptations of The Mosquito Coast starring Justin Theroux, Lisey’s Story from Stephen King and Julianne Moore and global series Shantaram and Pachinko, among others.
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