Hulu Reportedly Orders Limited Series “The Dropout” from Fox Searchlight TV

Hulu is reportedly looking to pick up a new limited series starring Kate McKinnon. The series will be title, The Dropout and will based on the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and the company Theranos.  

What’s happening:

  • Deadline is reporting that Hulu is in the process of picking up a new limited series from Fox Searchlight TV.
  • The limited series will be based on the ABC News podcast about Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.
  • SNL’s Kate McKinnon will star as Holmes and serve as an executive producer on the series.
  • The Dropout will be a drama and feature between 6-10 episodes.

  • ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis, created and hosted The Dropout podcast. She will serve as a co-executive producer along with McKinnon.
  • Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson will also produce on the series. The duo worked on the podcast as well.
  • Deadline points out that is marks a collaborative project between there companies that are now part of the Disney family:
    • ABC
    • Hulu
    • Fox Searchlight
  • The Dropout podcast debuted this January and was followed by the recent 20/20 documentary special.

About the podcast:

  • “The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as ‘the next Steve Jobs’ find herself facing criminal charges — to which she pleaded not guilty — and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way?”

About Elizabeth Holmes:

  • “Holmes, a chemical engineering prodigy, dropped out of Stanford to launch a healthcare technology company promising to revolutionize blood testing, which became Theranos. The high-flying tech startup was eventually exposed as ‘massive fraud,’ and last year, a federal grand jury indicted Holmes and former Theranos chief operating officer on nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for distributing blood tests with falsified results to consumers.”