Oscar nominated director Ava DuVernay on Thursday (July 6) announced that she is set to write and direct an upcoming miniseries for Netflix based on the Central Park Five. The series will look at the events of the “Central Park jogger case;” “a major news story that involved the assault, rape, and sodomy of Trisha Meili, a female jogger, and attacks on others in Manhattan’s Central Park on the night of April 19, 1989.” Eventually five juvenile males—four black and one of Hispanic descent—were tried variously for assault, robbery, riot, rape, sexual abuse, and attempted murder. It took 25 years for the men to be exonerated of any wrong doing. Eventually a settlement was reached with the city of New York.
Here’s the official synopsis for the untitled series:
Based on the true story that gripped New York and the world, the series will be a five-episode limited, scripted series that exposes the breakdown of our criminal justice system at every phase of the notorious Central Park Five case. Each part will focus 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.
Ava DuVernay is an American director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor. For her work in Selma (2014), DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award & an Oscar for the Academy Award for Best Picture. “In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13th (2016).”