Mahershala Ali is set to star in and executive producer the limited series The Plot, from Endeavor Content for the Onyx Collective on Hulu.
The eight-episode series is described as a cat-and-mouse story that revolves around Jake (Ali), a struggling author, who is primed to take advantage of any opportunity that might help revive his career. When a once in a lifetime opportunity presents itself, Jake commits an act of literary theft that changes his life. “The Plot” follows Jake’s attempts to protect himself and the life he’s built as he’s threatened by someone who knows his secret.
Abby Ajayi is adapting the series from Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel of the same name.
Layne Eskridge’s POV and Kristen Campo — who also packaged the series — exec produce. The Plot marks the first project to be shopped via Eskridge’s (Manhunt) producing deal with Endeavor Content. Campo (Truth Be Told) also has a pact with the studio. Ali, Mimi Valdés and Amatus Karim Ali also exec produce via their Know Wonder banner. Author Hanff Korelitz also exec produces.
The series will stream on Hulu in the U.S., Star Plus in Latin America and Disney Plus in all other territories.
Onyx Collective is Disney’s recently launched brand, dedicated to releasing work from creators of color and underrepresented voices, led by Tara Duncan, that will be presented as a content brand on Hulu. Reasonable Doubt was put on a script-to-series development track by Hulu in July with the opening of a writers room, consisting of an all-Black staff led by Mohamed. The project was originally set up at ABC during the 2019-20 development season, and Mohamed reworked her original script for streaming as Reasonable Doubt was taken on by Onyx Collective.