EXCLUSIVE: 101 Studios has acquired Janet Reitman’s 2017 New York Times Magazine article about the death of Marine Corps recruit Raheel Siddiqui that exposed a culture of brutality against Muslims at a South Carolina military training base. The article will be used as source material for a scripted limited series produced by 101 Studios.
The Reitman article chronicles the mysterious death of Siddiqui, which led to the exposure of a corrupt, brutal, and torturous culture at the Parris Island boot camp in South Carolina. In 2016, after days of continuous hazing and harassment, Siddiqui, a brand new Marine Corps recruit, died on Parris Island in front of several of his fellow recruits. As the investigations into Siddiqui’s tragic death began, a pattern of cyclical systemic abuse emerged. The series will chronicle the traumatic moments that led to Siddiqui’s downfall while exposing the culture of abuse that plagued the Parris Island boot camp.
“We feel privileged to have the opportunity to tell this story,” said David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios. “Raheel’s death was tragic and the loss of his family is immeasurable, but his death revealed that he was not the only victim. We intend to further explore the brutal hazing and torture that have riddled the Isle of Parris for decades and to tell the stories of other victims who suffered in silence.
“Few stories I’ve written in the past few years seem as urgent as this one, given the culture of racism and Islamophobia within the military,” Reitman said.
Glasser, David Hutkin and Bob Yari of 101 Studios will serve as executive producers for the series.
Sheppard Mullin’s Kelsey Pfleger and Leif Cervantes of Reinstein handled the deal on behalf of 101 Studios. Reitman’s deal was brokered by Curtis Brown Group’s Luke Speed on behalf of Sterling Lord Literistic’s Laurie Liss.