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Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy Are Working On a Netflix Film Together

Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy on red carpets.

Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy are becoming quite the busy pair. Yesterday news broke that the two were heading back into production for Pose season three. In addition, Mock directed an episode of Murphy’s Netflix show The Politician, which released in 2019, and also wrote and directed two episodes of Hollywood, which is out this year. That latter series, is also a Murphy project. But, they’ve got more in the pipeline.

For her first major project under the historic overall deal with Netflix she signed last year, Mock has joined with Murphy to create Janet, a feature film based on Washington Post journalist Janet Cooke, according to Deadline. The project will be Mock’s feature film debut and will look back to Mock’s own career beginnings as before she got into television, she was a journalist.

“Helming Janet Cooke’s story is a full circle moment for me,” Mock told Deadline. “I began my career as a journalist, dreaming of telling stories that mattered for a living. I am thrilled to partner with Netflix for my feature debut, centered on a young black woman at the Washington Post and her ambitious and complicated quest to make the front page — no matter what.”

Cooke, notably, won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1981. Two days after winning the Prize, the Washington Post admitted that the story, which was about an 8-year-old heroin addict, was fabricated, and Cooke became the first Prize winner to return their Pulitzer. 

No date has been announced for the release of Janet. Production is still in the casting phase and will film the project in Washington D. C. It is the first major project of Mock’s deal with Netflix, and also falls under Murphy’s big budget deal with the streaming company.

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