The psychology of female con artists


Bob Greenblatt is partnering with actress Allison Janney and writer Alexa Junge to adapt the book “Confident Women” into an anthology series for Amazon Prime Video. The project is the first TV project for Janney, who is attached as a non-writing executive producer alongside her producing partner, Thruline’s Chris Henze.

e is confident in amassing a new stable of projects in development. Tori Telfer’s book, “Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion”, released last year, chronicles female con women in a range of different stories over the last several decades. Greenblatt told Variety that he thinks it’s a really cool way to tell some female-oriented stories with a bit of a darker twist. It’s not ‘Dahmer’. It’s not about serial killers. But these women have done some incredible things.

“It is time women were given equal time,” said Greenblatt. “Confident Women” will tell the story of one woman per season, starting with the life of Sante Kimes, an American woman of Indian descent who perpetrated a wide range of cons and even is responsible for a couple of murders over several years. “They’re all driven to this life for various reasons that of course, we want to get underneath it,” Greenblatt said. “And show you why. Some of these stories are really, really incredible.” Greenblatt previously worked with Junge on “The United States of Tara” at Showtime.

The producers of “Six Feet Under” will be working with Junge, Janney, and Henze on a new project. Telfer is on board as a co-EP. The project will come from Amazon Studios and Thruline Entertainment.

“I’m so excited about working with Janney as she’s a dear friend,” he said. “It’s her first foray into producing and it was her and her producing partner, Chris Henze, who brought the book to my attention, and we jumped in together on it.”

Meanwhile, Greenblatt continues to be busy boosting development inside his new company The Green Room, which has a first-look deal at Lionsgate.

The dark comedy “Dirty Deed” is over at Amazon Studios. The project, from writers Tom and Charlotte Melia, follows a woman and her two best -something friends who realize the only way to own a home may be to kill her terrible grandmother. “The rich grandmother has this incredible house, she’s just this very onerous, terrible person,” Greenblatt said. “The friends realize that maybe the way out of their financial issues is to ultimately kill the grandmother. And she deserves that, as you see right off the bat.

“Dirty Deed” is the third project to come out of Greenblatt’s deal at Lionsgate, where he is also behind the limited series “Death at Penn State” at Hulu and the murder mystery anthology series “The Show Must Go On.” Greenblatt will executive produce “Dirty Deed,” with Jon Wu as co-executive producer, for The Green Room. Roberto Troni is also on board as executive producer through Various Artists Ltd., while Angie Stephenson is executive producer for BBC Studios.

In Summary

So if you’re in the market for a comedy that will leave you thinking, ” should I really be laughing at this? “, “Dirty Deed” is definitely the movie for you. If nothing else, it’ll give you a whole new appreciation for your own grandmother.


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