Netflix has given the green light to Ava DuVernay to develop a series about Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, who are best known as the Central Park Five.
DuVernay, who created the project, will write and direct each of the five installments. Each part of the limited series will highlight one of the Harlem teens who were wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meilli in Central Park. The series will span from spring of 1989 to 2014 — when each teenager was questioned about the crime to when they were exonerated and settled with New York City.
“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 to Variety. “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.”
The five-part series is expected to hit the streaming service in 2019. DuVernay will also serve as executive producer of the project, along with Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal, and Berry Welsh.