Maid is an upcoming Netflix “dramedy” coming to our screens in 2021. Maid will adapt Stephanie Land’s best-selling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive.
The new series is created by John Wells (who is working on a first look output deal with Warner Brothers TV) and Molly Smith Metzler who both worked on Showtime’s Shameless. They’ll be working along with Margot Robbie and her production company LuckyChap Entertainment, Molly Metzler will serve as writer, producer, and showrunner for the limited series, while John Wells will serve as the director.
Netflix first revealed the series in November 2019
Besides Showtime’s Shameless, Metzler’s writing credits include Netflix’s hit series Orange is the New Black and Hulu’s Casuals. John Wells has worked on such Emmy-nominated series as The West Wing, ER, Mildred Pierce as well as Shameless, Animal Kingdom and the Oscar-nominated film August: Osage County.
In a press release, Wells spoke out about the project.
“We’re delighted to be able to partner with LuckyChap, Warner Bros, and the extraordinarily talented Molly Metzler to tell this moving story.”
The plot of Netflix’s Maid is based on the real-life story of author Stephanie Land, chronicled in her best-selling book called Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. Land, in her late 20s, had her first child. She then became single and began working as a maid to make ends meet. Land spent the next few years below poverty level and relied heavily on welfare programs for support. Land, who was 16 when her car crashed into her at 16, had suffered from PTSD. Land’s struggles led her to start writing about issues of poverty and public policy.
John Wells, executive producer of Maid, made his thoughts known in a statement.
“Stephanie tells the searing and remarkably human story of a young woman battling to find a secure future for herself and her infant daughter, Mia, in the face of overwhelming odds and governmental assistance programs of impossible complexity.”
Channing Dungey (Vice President of Original Series at Netflix) commented on the relevance and importance of this story.
“Maid is a poignant portrait that chronicles Stephanie Land’s strife and victories, and has the power to connect with our members around the world as they identify with her struggles and root for her success.”
It was revealed that Margaret Qualley, a star of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Leftovers, will serve as the series' lead in Maid. Qualley will portray Alex, a single mom who uses housekeeping as a means of making ends meet in her fight against poverty, homelessness and bureaucracy.
Margaret Qualley will be joined by Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), and Anika Noni rose (The Princess and the Frog: The Good Wife).
Netflix’s Maid is a 10-part limited series with each episode expected to run an hour.
The production of Maid began in Vancouver on September 24, Canada. It is scheduled to end in April 2021.
We can expect Maid to hit Netflix in 2021 after production wraps up in March 2021. After that, there will be a six-month period of postproduction.
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