It should come as no surprise that the college admissions scandal which has resulted in the arrests of over 50 people, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, is being turned into a television show. Deadline reports that Annapurna Television has optioned the rights to a soon to be released non-fiction book titled Accepted, written by Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jen Levitz. The book will detail the scandalous events surrounding the bribery cases and the extreme lengths the parents involved went to to secure college admission for their children.
Annapurna has yet to release any casting details or even a premiere date but they have announced that it will be a one-hour limited series based on the book with Emmy award-winning writer DV Devincentis writing. It was back in March that 50 people were charged in connection with the now infamous "Operation Varsity Blues" including Loughlin and Huffman. While Huffman pleaded guilty to guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud, Loughlin has maintained her innocence and issued a not guilty plea. She now faces charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
While much of the public focus of the college admissions scandal seems to be on Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli, The New York Times reports many of L.A.'s elite are currently on edge after word spread that federal prosecutors are still investigating cases of potential admissions bribery cases. According to the paper, some parents have been told they are being investigated while others are fearful they're going to be next.
Recently a report surfaced that one family had paid in excess of $6.5 million to ensure admission for their child into the prestigious Stanford University, however, the family is denying they had any knowledge they were paying for anything illegal, and won't be charged in connection with Operation Varsity Blues. They stated they were referred to William "Rick" Singer by a financial advisor. Singer was the person alleged to be at the core of the admissions scandal by allegedly facilitating bribes, photoshopping pictures to make it seem that students were on various sporting teams and helping to secure special circumstances beneficial to the students when taking SAT's.
There certainly seems to be a lot of content to make compelling television. Many are wondering if someone more famous will be the next person implicated in the scandal, especially if the investigation is focusing on the LA elite. There is no word yet on the release date for the upcoming limited series.