Universal Cable Productions is developing a show based on the trial and aftermath of Sunny Von Bülow’s murder, Variety has learned.
The scripted series marks an entry into the highly popular true crime genre for UCP, following the success of TV projects like “Making A Murderer” on Netflix, “The Jinx” on HBO and the “Serial” podcast.
Set in the early ’80s, “The Von Bülow Affair” will follow the infamous trial of British socialite Claus Von Bülow for the murder of his wife, Sunny. The series is based on the 1983 book of the same name written by William Wright. Ilene Rosenzweig (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”) has been tapped to write the TV adaptation.
“The story of the Von Bülows will go down in history as one of the most sensational scandals in American high society,” said Dawn Olmstead, exec vice president of development at Universal Cable Productions. “We look forward to delving deeper into this true crime story that still leaves us cold today.”
Claus Von Bülow was arrested for the murder of his wife, millionaire socialite Sunny Von Bülow, after she was found unconscious on her bathroom floor on December 21, 1980. She remained in a coma for twenty-seven years until her 2008 death. Claus went on trial for attempted murder in 1982, initiating a legal circus that lasted for years.
The series, described as “one of the most intriguing family feuds of all time,” will be set among the “opulence of Newport and New York.” The show will draw on court transcripts and interviews, looking into the legal proceedings of the case and the couple’s private life.
Rosenzweig is repped by Gersh and attorney Michael Schenkman.