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True Crime Series Based on Sunny Von Bülow Murder Case in Development with Ucp

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
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The Life and Mysterious Death of Sunny von Bülow

Long before Paris Hilton, there was Sunny von Bülow: rich, blond, a fixture of upper-crust New York and Newport, the very definition of a glamorous 1950s socialite. And with her death Dec. 6 after nearly 28 years in a persistent vegetative state – a coma-like condition her husband was accused of causing with a shot of insulin intended to kill her – von Bülow, 76, will remain forever n enigma. Born Martha Sharp Crawford – and nicknamed “Sunny” for her cheerful disposition – Bülow inherited an estimated $75 million fortune from her father, energy magnate George Crawford. With a beauty that earned comparisons to Grace Kelly and a party budget seemingly without limit,
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