Five Days at Memorial
GenreMedical drama
Based onFive Days at Memorial:
Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

by Sheri Fink
Written by
Directed by
  • John Ridley
  • Carlton Cuse
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
  • John Ridley
  • Carlton Cuse
Production companyABC Signature
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+

Five Days at Memorial is an upcoming American medical drama television miniseries based on the 2013 book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. The miniseries will be written and directed by John Ridley and Carlton Cuse for Apple TV+.

Premise

Depicts the difficulties a New Orleans hospital endures after Hurricane Katrina makes landfall on the city.

Cast and characters

Production

Development

In 2013, shortly after its release, Scott Rudin acquired the rights to adapt Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital as a film to be produced with Eli Bush under Scott Rudin Productions.[1]

By 2017, the film rights had reportedly lapsed, prompting Ryan Murphy to approach Scott Rudin about adapting Five Days at Memorial for television as the third season of the true crime anthology series American Crime Story, with Sarah Paulson set to star as Dr. Anna Pou.[2] The adaptation, however, never came to fruition, and in 2019, Rudin started shopping the project elsewhere.[3]

As part of his overall deal with ABC Signature, Carlton Cuse acquired the television rights, and then contacted John Ridley to collaborate. In September 2020, Apple ordered Five Days at Memorial as a limited series to be produced for Apple TV+. Both Cuse and Ridley will serve as writers, directors, executive producers, and co-showrunners of the series.[4][5]

Casting

Vera Farmiga was cast in March 2021, with Adepero Oduye, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Julie Ann Emery joining in April 2021, Cherry Jones and Molly Hager joining in May 2021, Michael Gaston joining in June 2021, and Joe Carroll joining in August 2021.[6][5][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Filming

Production took place from May 25 to November 10, 2021, in Toronto and New Orleans.[13]

References

  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (October 14, 2013). "Producer Scott Rudin Acquires Hurricane Katrina Expose 'Five Days At Memorial'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nelliee (August 10, 2017). "Ryan Murphy's 'Katrina' Will Be Based On 'Five Days at Memorial' Book, Scott Rudin Joins As Producer, Sarah Paulson To Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony; Andreeva, Nellie (February 4, 2019). "FX Boss Says More Cycles Of Ryan Murphy's 'American Horror Story' & 'American Crime Story' On Horizon; But No 'Katrina'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 1, 2020). "Apple Orders 'Five Days At Memorial' Hurricane Katrina Limited Series From John Ridley & Carlton Cuse". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Porter, Rick (April 8, 2021). "'Falcon and Winter Soldier' Breakout Adepero Oduye Joins Apple's Hurricane Katrina Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (March 18, 2021). "Vera Farmiga to Star in Apple's Hurricane Katrina Series 'Five Days at Memorial'". Variety. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 9, 2021). "'Five Days At Memorial': Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins Apple's Limited Series From John Ridley & Carlton Cuse". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 29, 2021). "Hurricane Katrina Series at Apple Casts Julie Ann Emery". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 13, 2021). "'Five Days At Memorial': Cherry Jones Joins Apple's Limited Series From John Ridley & Carlton Cuse". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (May 21, 2021). "'Five Days At Memorial': Molly Hager Joins Apple's Limited Series From John Ridley & Carlton Cuse". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (June 4, 2021). "'Five Days At Memorial': Michael Gaston Joins Apple's Limited Series From John Ridley & Carlton Cuse". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  12. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (August 23, 2021). "Joe Carroll Joins Cast Of Apple's 'Five Days At Memorial'; Peter Porte To Recur In 'Days Of Our Lives: Beyond Salem'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "Film and TV Projects Going Into Production". Variety Insight. October 14, 2021. Archived from the original on October 19, 2021. Retrieved October 19, 2021.