Apple TV+ will turn award-winning book Five Days at Memorial into a limited series. It’s a nonfiction story set in Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of the deadly Hurricane Katrina.
The project is being headed by Oscar winner John Ridley and Emmy winner Carlton Cuse.
Five Days at Memorial tells of tragic events
The book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014. It’s based on an article Fink wrote for The New York Times Magazine that won a Pulitzer.
The book’s publisher says, “After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several of those caregivers faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.”
The Apple TV+ project will have both Ridley and Cuse as showrunners, writers and executive producers. Ridley will direct the limited series.
John Ridley wrote the screenplays for 12 Years a Slave and all the episodes of American Crime and Guerrilla. Carlton Cuse wrote many episodes of Lost, Locke & Key, and Jack Ryan.
There’s no word on when Five Days at Memorial will debut on Apple’s streaming video service.
Apple TV+ content library keeps growing
There are already more than 30 shows available on Apple TV+, and many more are in development. That includes Lisey’s Story, written and executive-produced by Stephen King and starring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore.
Isaac Asimov’s Foundation is being adapted into a series, too. And these are just a couple of examples.