AceShowbiz - Hollywood recently was shocked by the news of "Smallville" alum Allison Mack being arrested for her alleged involvement in sex trafficking cult called NXIVM. That apparently inspires Annapurna Television to explore the story about the cult and bring it to the small screen.
The company is said to be optioning the rights to reporter Barry Meier's 2017 New York Times expose titled "Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded". The story details the group which led by Keith Raniere. Mack allegedly had a leading role in the aforementioned group.
The plan is to adapt the report to a one-hour fictionalized scripted series inspired by actual events. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new project is set to follow what happens when women who join what they're told is a secret sisterhood created to empower them find themselves psychologically enthralled and horrifically sexually enslaved to its leader -- and their flesh branded with his initials.
"Westworld" actress Shannon Woodward serves as executive producer alongside Annapurna's Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg. However, Annapurna hasn't been determined the writer for the project. There isn't a network attached as well.
The news arrives after Mack was released on $5 million bond. The actress was arrested in New York on Friday, April 20 for alleged sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. She was indicted for an alleged leading role in the NXIVM sex cult, which leader Raniere was arrested late last month in Mexico.
The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York stated that both Mack and Reniere were accused of branding their victims and forced them to participate in sex acts through the various self-help programs that Raniere established within NXIVM. It was also said that the cult is based in Albany, New York, and has been operating in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America.