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Drama ‘The Fact of a Body’ in Development at HBO

HBO has acquired the rights to adapt author Alex Marzano-Lesnevich’s memoir “The Fact of a Body” into a potential limited series. The book revolves around a young lawyer whose opposition to the death penalty is shaken when she’s assigned the case of a child murderer whose complicated life story parallels the long-suppressed trauma of her past.

Jeremiah Zagar (“Hustle”) will co-write the script, exec produce and direct the potential series. Jeremy Yaches and Melissa Bernstein are also on board to executive produce.

“I am honored that Alex has entrusted me with this material. As a fan of the book, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring such a powerful and profound story to life,” said Zagar. Added author Marzano-Lesnevich in a statement of their own: “I’ve long been an admirer of Jeremiah’s work, particularly his visually-driven, haunting approach to storytelling. This is a dream pairing to me. I can’t wait to see the story come to life in his hands.”