Mahershala Ali to star in “The Plot” limited series


Several outlets are bidding on an animated limited-edition adaptation of the hit novel “The Plot” with Mahershala Ali attached to the Endeavor Content star.

“How to Get Away With Murder” writer Abby Ajayi is on board to write series based on psychological thriller author “The Undoing” Jean Hanff Korelitz about a struggling author and writing teacher who steals an idea brilliant plot for a novel by one of his students. The book is a smash hit, his career skyrockets, but he’s also drawn into a cat-and-mouse game with an executioner who knows he brought up the idea for the story.

Endeavor Content put the eight-episode project together and bought it over the past few days from at least a half-dozen outlets, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO / HBO Max, and Amazon. He is known to have been received with enthusiasm and attracted multiple offers. Endeavor Content declined to comment.

Layne Eskridge, the former Netflix and Apple TV executive who signed a production deal with Endeavor Content in January, is on board to serve as executive producer. Kristen Campo, a former head of Chernin Entertainment who now works under a deal with Endeavor Content, is also an executive producer, as is Ali.

Ali won two Oscars for “Moonlight” in 2017 and “Green Book” in 2019. For television, he starred in the third season of HBO’s “True Detective” in 2019 and was a regular on “Luke Cage” and ” House of Cards ”from Netflix. He appeared on HBO’s 2020 documentary special “Between the World and Me,” and he was a semi-regular last year on the Hulu comedy “Ramy”.

Besides buying “The Plot”, Endeavor Content itself is in the middle of a sales process. Parent company Endeavor reviewed offers submitted last week for 80% of the company.

Endeavor faces a year-end deadline to sell this stake in its industry under the January settlement agreement with the Writers Guild of America. The new WGA franchise conditions for artistic agents representing guild members prohibit agents or agencies from owning more than 20% of the capital of a production-distribution entity. Endeavor Content’s auction has reportedly attracted both financial and strategic suitors and is expected to close this month.


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