Netflix's upcoming limited series based on Daria Polatin book follows a psychiatrist after she adopts a mysterious young woman with ties to a satanic cult.
Netflix is teaming up with author and producer Daria Polatin to adapt her 2017 novel titled 'Devil in Ohio'.
It is inspired by a true story and revolves around what happens when a hospital psychiatrist Dr. Suzanne Mathis takes in a strange young girl (Madeleine Arthur) who turns out to be an escapee from a mysterious cult.
Her life is quickly turned upside down as the strange girl’s presence in her house threatens to tear her own family apart.
Emily Deschanel will star in the limited series.
Polatin serves as showrunner as well as the head writer of the Netflix adaptation. Polatin previously worked on such projects as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Castle Rock, Condor, and others.
Directors John Fawcett, Brad Anderson, Leslie Hope, Steve Adelson, Rachel Miller of Haven Entertainment (Crash Pad, All Summers End), and Andrew Wilder are on board to helm the film.
Here is everything you need to know about 'Devil In Ohio', including release date, plot, cast, and more.
Netflix has formally handed out an eight-episode series order that will run for 45 minutes each chapter.
Production for Devil in Ohio is currently happening in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, according to issue 1251 of Production Weekly. It is expected to wrap on December 7.
Netflix has not made any announcements for Devil in Ohio yet, but we may be expecting a mid-late 2022 release window, considering the recent production update.
The upcoming limited series is an adaptation of Polatin's book of the same name. The plot is based on a true story of a teenage girl. The young woman moved into the house of a psychiatrist’s family after she ran away from a Satanic cult.
In an interview with Book Room Revies, Polatin revealed that she was interested in writing about people after spending time in isolated communities. She then heard about the true story of a young woman, who escaped a satanic cult. She became the inspiration for her book.
"Then when I heard the true story of a teenage girl who escaped from a satanic cult and moved in with her psychiatrist’s family, I had to tell it," Polatin said in the interview.
"A novel seemed like an exciting way to write that story, and the true events became the inspiration for Mae, Jules, and the Mathis family. Devil in Ohio explores the timeless struggle between good and evil, and the strength it takes to overcome the adversity of your past."
Here is the story synopsis for Devil in Ohio as seen on Polatin’s official website:
"When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen, her psychiatrist mother reveals that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But soon Mae is wearing Jules’s clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and flirting with Jules’s crush. And Mae has no intention of leaving.
Then things get weird. Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, startled to see: a pentagram carved into Mae’s back. Jules pieces together clues and discovers that Mae is a survivor of the strange cult that’s embedded in a nearby town. And the cult will stop at nothing to get Mae back.
Asked about the details of the origins of the story, Polatin replied:
The book is based on a true story, the background of which I will keep under wraps, but a lot of what happens in the book actually occurred. I took artistic license in order to fill in the blanks and flesh the story out in a way that worked for a book."
Emily Deschanel leads the cast list as Dr. Suzanne Mathis. The actress is best known for her leading role on Fox’s Bones, where she played a forensic anthropologist for a remarkable 12 seasons.
Joining her is Sam Jaeger who will play Peter, Xaria Dotson as Jules, Gerardo Celasco as Detective Lopez, Madeleine Arthur as Mae, Alisha Newton as Helen, and Naomi Tan as Dani.
There is no official trailer for 'Devil in Ohio' yet. No worries, we will make sure to update this space once the official trailer drops.