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Stun Originals, Paula van der Oest team for Us mini-series

11 December 2015 4:25 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Dutch director to remake 2014 feature with Us outfit Stun Originals.

Paula van der Oest is to remake her 2014 feature Accused (aka Lucia De B.) as an English-language Us mini-series.

The Oscar-nominated Dutch director is in development on the series with Stun Originals, the original programming division of Los Angeles-based advertising and branded entertainment company, Stun Creative.

Stun Originals president, Maria Crenna, is a former studio executive who developed hit series Friends, Criminal Minds and CSI, among others. 

Accused (handled by Fortissimo) is a thriller based on a true story.

The film follows headstrong nurse, Lucia de Berk (Ariane Schluter), present at one inexplicable death too many. She is charged by the police and eventually sentenced to a life in prison. Her case, though, became acknowledged as one of the biggest miscarriages in the history of Dutch justice.

Van der Oest’s La agent brought the project to Crenna.

“What I’ve experienced in making the film »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Film Review: ‘Accused’

9 January 2015 1:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s one thing to be imprisoned for a crime you didn’t commit, but in the unique case of unlucky pediatric nurse Lucia de Berk, the woman was labeled a serial killer by the media and locked away for a series of suspicious deaths that, upon closer inspection, probably weren’t crimes at all. The shortlisted Dutch entry in this year’s ultra-competitive Oscar foreign-language race, “Accused” is by far the category’s most conventional — and by extension, its most commercial — contender, a taut procedural that boasts solid Hollywood remake potential in its streamlined retelling of de Berk’s incredible and unnerving true story.

“Accused” marks the second time director Paula van der Oest has been selected to represent the Netherlands at the Academy Awards, following her incomparably upbeat 2001 romantic comedy, “Zus & Zo,” which went on to earn an Oscar nomination. In both cases, apart from the language difference, »

- Peter Debruge

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