Amid record viewership for “Victoria’s Secret: Angels & Demons,” Hulu has set the premiere date for its next big documentary: The Jerry Falwell Jr. Project produced by Adam McKay and Billy Corben, “God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brings Down a Dynasty,” Variety learned exclusively.
Hailing from McKay’s HyperObject and Corben’s Rakontur banner, “God Forbid” tells the sensational story of evangelical leader and former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., his wife Becki Falwell and Giancarlo Granda, the boy from the Miami pool who had an affair with Becki and claims Jerry knew about and was involved in the relationship. The streamer says Granda is closely involved in the doc and her perspective is a big part of the film.
According to Hulu’s official description for the film, which launches Nov. 1 on the Disney-owned streamer, “A Miami pool boy finds himself trapped in a seven-year affair with a charming older woman and her husband, evangelical Trump mainstay Jerry Falwell Jr, as he becomes increasingly entangled with the Falwells’ seemingly perfect life.
“God Forbid” is the latest in a series of high-profile original documentaries at Hulu, a division headed by Belisa Balaban, senior vice president of documentaries and unscripted series. Balaban’s team was responsible for the hit “Captive Audience,” which became the most-watched documentary in Hulu Originals history, tallying hours watched throughout its fourth weekend of availability after its launch on April 21, as well as “Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons”, which just broke the record previously held by “Captive Audience” with its first four weeks of viewing after the July 14 premiere.
“God Forbid” is produced by McKay and Todd Schulman of HyperObject, and Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben for Rakontur. Corben directs.
The doc marks the second collaboration between Rakontur and HyperObject, who teamed up for HBO’s 2020 “537 Votes.” Rakontur alone has produced some of the most popular feature-length documentaries of the past 20 years, including the “Cocaine Cowboys” franchise and ESPN 30 for “The U” of the 30s.