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Scott Rudin Plans Five Days at Memorial - Optionated

Scott Rudin Plans Five Days at Memorial

By on October 15, 2013

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According to a report from Deadline, Scott Rudin, the producer behind Captain Phillips has officially optioned the film rights for Sheri Fink’s recent book, “Five Days at Memorial.” The novel is an in-depth investigation into hospital practices affected by hurricane Katrina. Rudin will produce alongside Eli Bush.

“Five Days at Memorial” was published last month and is officially described as follows:

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

“Five Days at Memorial,” the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters— and how we can do better.

About Sarah Sommer

Sarah is a journalist and an artist who lives in the city. She loves movies and television. She reads early and often. Sarah also helps out over at BSCkids.com and our other sites!

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