Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy Are Teaming Up for a New Netflix Film

It's based on the true story of Washington Post journalist Janet Cooke.

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Pose fans, mark your calendars. Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy, the duo behind the hit FX show (opens in new tab), are working together on a new film for Netflix.

The project will chronicle the infamous true story of journalist Janet Cooke. Cooke, a Washington Post reporter in the '80s, won a Pulitzer Prize for her feature (opens in new tab) about an 8-year-old heroin addict, titled "Jimmy's World." The story was later found to be fully fabricated (opens in new tab), and Cooke was forced to return her award.

According to Deadline (opens in new tab), Mock will direct and co-write the screenplay—it's her first feature film and the first project to come from her history-making Netflix deal (opens in new tab)—with former Washington Post editor Ned Martel. Mock, Martel and Murphy will produce, so anticipate heavy Oscars-buzz. (It's giving us serious The Post meets Shattered Glass vibes.)

“Helming Janet Cooke’s story is a full circle moment for me,” Mock tells Deadline. “I began my career as a journalist, dreaming of telling stories that mattered for a living." (Mock previously worked at People magazine and currently serves as a contributing editor at  (opens in new tab)Marie Claire (opens in new tab).)

Mock and Murphy are frequent collaborators, producing some of the best shows currently on TV/streaming platforms. Other than working together on Pose, Mock directed an episode of The Politician and wrote two episodes of Murphy's highly-anticipated upcoming series  (opens in new tab)Hollywood (opens in new tab).

No word yet on when the film will be released; they are currently still casting, and shooting is slated to begin this summer.


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As Marie Claire’s Entertainment Director, Neha oversees pop culture, celebrity, and current events features with a focus on elevating diverse voices and stories in film and television. She also oversees the brand's print and digital covers as well as book and produces MC's video franchises. She loves a hot-take, hates TV reboots, and is always happy to discuss reality television. Before joining Marie Claire, she held positions at Glamour, Brides, Condé Nast, and Mashable, and is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.