Elisabeth Moss will produce and star in a television mini-series adaptation of Mary Beth Keane’s novel "Fever," which tells the story of “Typhoid Mary.”
Mary Mallon, better known as “Typhoid Mary,” was the first known asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever. Mallon, an Irish immigrant cook, spread the disease across New York in the early twentieth century.
Moss holds the rights to Keane’s novel and will serve as an executive producer on the project.
"The Handmaid’s Tale" and "Mad Men" star acquired the original rights to the book and first sent the material to Phil Morrison ("Enlightened" and "Junebug"), who signed on as director and executive producer. Robin Veith ("The Expanse" and "True Blood") is currently set to write the adaptation and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.
“I’m so honored to be working with the incredible team of collaborators we have pulled together with Phil, Robin, BBC America and Annapurna. I look forward to telling this story about one of the most infamous women in America, ‘Typhoid Mary,’ a woman whose true tale has never been told. She was an immigrant in turn of the century New York, a time of huge change and progress in America. She was incredibly unique, stubborn, ambitious and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing until her death where she lived out her days imprisoned on an island just off of the Bronx in NY. She is incredibly complicated, something I seem to enjoy playing,” said Moss.