Writer and director Ava DuVernay will bring to life the stories of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — known as the Central Park Five.
The five Black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were wrongly convicted of viciously assaulting and raping a white woman, Trisha Meili, in New York City’s Central Park in 1989.
“The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades,” DuVernay said in a statement.
The five-episode scripted series created by DuVernay, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Selma” in 2014, will debut on Netflix in 2019. She will also write and direct the production, which exposes the breakdown of the U.S. criminal justice system at every phase of the historic case.
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