Ava DuVernay To Create Central Park Five Series For Netflix
I’m so excited to report Ava DuVernay has teamed up with Netflix to create, write, and produce a limited drama series about the infamous Central Park Five case.
The 5-episode series, set to arrive in 2019, is based on the true story of five teens who were wrongfully convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park back in 1989.
The series exposes the breakdown of our criminal justice system, with each part focusing on one of the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park. The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.
“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on 13TH and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said DuVernay. “The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn – from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the President of the United States.”
“This is one of the most talked-about cases of our time and Ava’s passionate vision and masterful direction will bring the human stories behind the headlines to life in this series,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “After powerfully reframing the public conversation about criminality and injustice in 13TH, Ava now turns a new lens to a case that exposes deep flaws in our criminal justice system.”
Ava shared this tweet earlier today:
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 6, 2017
If you are unfamiliar with this case, PLEASE watch the 2012 documentary “Central Park Five.” You will be completely blown away!