The show is going to be a limited series with only eight episodes, based on Beth Macy’s best-selling book.
“Dopesick” sale alert: My e-book is for sale today at all ebook retailers for $3.99. In the midst of a newer pandemic, it’s worth underscoring the words of the inimitable anti-OxyContin crusader from rural Virginia, Sue Ella Kobak: “The answer is always community.” pic.twitter.com/o9Sgouj2lT— Beth Macy (@papergirlmacy) May 4, 2020
The project will be executive produced by “The Handmaid’s Tale“‘s Warren Littlefielf and Touchstone Television.
“Dopesick” will be written by Danny Strong and directed by Barry Levinson. The show is said to give an ambitious and compelling look into America’s opioid addiction issues. It covers areas such as a distressed Virginia mining area to the cold hallways of the DEA, the show also wants every viewer to get a glimpse of the “one percenter” Big Pharma Manhattan.
The heartless and deeply human depiction of the different people in the show reflects directly to where America is, while shedding light on the people actively battling the worst drug problem in the history of America.
Michael Stuhlbarg will be playing Richard Sackler. He’s the son of Purdue Pharma founder, Raymond Sackler, and nephew of an infamous medical advertising maven Arthur Sackler. Richard is responsible for overseeing the development and marketing of OxyContin.
The cast is undeniably star-studded. Besides Michael Stuhlbarg, we have Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson, John Hoogenakker, Philippa Soo, Jake McDorman, Ray McKinnon and Cleopatra Coleman.
Currently, Stuhlbarg is in the Showtime legal drama called “Your Honor” with Bryan Cranston. He also starred in “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Shape of Water,” “Fargo,” and “Boardwalk Empire.”