The college admissions scandal that rocked both Ivy League institutions and Hollywood alike earlier this year seemed tailor-made for a juicy retelling in TV or movie form. Now, Lifetime is leading the charge by commissioning a made-for-television flick about Operation Varsity Blues.
During a panel discussion in front of the Television Critics Association on Tuesday, A+E Networks president Rob Sharenow revealed the plan to premiere "College Admissions Scandal" (we assume that's just a working title for now) later this year.
Here's the official description for the telefilm:
“'College Admissions Scandal' will follow two wealthy mothers who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college. When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, they willingly partake with visions of coveted acceptance letters in their heads.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there was no explicit reference made to the two most famous faces caught up in the scandal, actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, though it seems likely that their stories will be featured in some way in the flick. Perhaps Lifetime is refraining from mentioning Loughlin and Huffman by name pending the outcome of their court proceedings.
Huffman already pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and is awaiting sentencing. Loughlin -- who was fired from her Hallmark Channel and "Fuller House" gigs as a result of her alleged role in the scandal -- rejected a plea deal, and appears poised to go to trial.
This Lifetime project is separate from the previously announced TV series chronicling the scandal, which Annapurna Television is currently developing. The Lifetime film is set to debut sometime in the fall.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]