In 1989, a jogger named Trisha Meili was attacked in Central Park and left in a coma for 12 days. A year later, five juvenile males were convicted for the crime and sentenced to between 5 and 15 years in jail. Among others Donald Trump, the man who would one day become president, called for the death penalty.
The problem is that they were all innocent. Twelve years later in 2002, another man confessed to the crime and 'the Central Park Five' were released and sued the City for malicious prosecution and racial discrimination.
It is this criminal case – one of the most notorious and widely publicised in American history – that will be the subject of Netflix's newest documentary.
Helmed by Oscar-nominated Ava DuVernay, the streaming service will hope it continues the success they've enjoyed with other real crime-based investigations Making A Murderer and The Keepers.
DuVernay – whose 2016 documentary 13th, about racism and the US prison system, was highly critically acclaimed – said in a statement: "I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix [on 13th] and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there.
"The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the President of the United States."
The as yet unnamed documentary is due out in 2019.