Danny Strong on Creating the Narrative of True Story of Opioids in Hulu’s Dopesick [Exclusive Interview]

Dopesick executive produced by Danny Strong

Dopesick executive produced by Danny Strong

The Opioid Crisis killed more than 760,000 since 1999 from drug overdose with millions of Americans more receiving medication-assisted treatment. The once proclaimed “miracle drug” from Purdue Pharma with OcyContin was considered a savior for those in pain medically. However, the company’s exaggeration and hidden truths failed to warn the many sufferers about its addiction and the long-term effects. Executive producer and writer Danny writer showcased the opioid story in the limited series Dopesick on Hulu.

Here’s the official synopsis:

From the executive producer Danny Strong, Dopesick examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Defying all odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces behind this national crisis and their allies. The limited series is inspired by New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy.

The eight-episode series stars Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Pouter, John Hoogenakker, with Kaitlyn Dever and Rosario Dawson. Also, the guest stars included Phillipa Soo and Jake McDorman.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with executive producer and writer Danny Strong on the construction of this addictive series. We discussed the narrative storytelling blending with the true story with both fictional and real characters in the series. Also, we mentioned how Beth Macy’s book influenced the series in the end.

Danny Strong is an actor, film and television writer, and producer. He wrote the screenplays for Recount, HBO adaptation of Game Change, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, and the two-part finale of The Hunger Games film trilogy with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Also, he is the co-creator, executive producer, and writer of the Fox series Empire. As an actor, he is best known for playing Jonathan Levinson in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doyle McMaster in Gilmore Girls.

Dopesick premieres today on the streaming service of Hulu.

Watch the exclusive interview with executive producer Danny Strong below. No spoilers are revealed in the interview. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Hulu

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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