Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning prodco Lightbox has received the greenlight from Discovery+ for its latest docuseries, Curse of the Chippendales.
The four-part true crime series tells the story of how the scantily clad all-male dance troupe took the L.A. nightclub scene by storm and ended up with international fame and untold wealth, along with bizarre murder plots and multiple deaths entwined in its legacy.
The series offers exclusive access to characters including Michael Rapp who was also known as the ‘Perfect Man;’ original line-up dancers; Bruce Nahin, who was the club’s ever-busy lawyer; and key investigators. The series also features extensive video and photo archive, including never-before-seen footage and a nostalgia-filled soundtrack.
“The Chippendales are cultural icons, but there are many scandalous stories hidden underneath those scantily clad lads that will leave even the most seasoned true crime viewer shocked,” said Discovery’s Lisa Holme, group SVP content and commercial strategy, DTC.
“Through their impeccable storytelling, Lightbox transports viewers back to the 1980s to tell a story that perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the era, and reveals the dark side of a risqué world.”
Suzanne Lavery, SVP, unscripted, Lightbox and executive producer of the series, added: “In many ways the Chippendales came to define the ’80s, unleashing the public expression of female sexual empowerment and commodifying it into big business, while at the same time defining ideas of modern masculinity. What’s less well known is the incredible and shocking true crime plot that lurked at the show’s heart at the very height of its success. Curse of the Chippendales reveals the unexpected story behind a world-famous brand, all underpinned by a brilliant soundtrack.”
Curse of the Chippendales is directed by Jesse Vile, produced by Suzette Styler and the executive producers are Suzanne Lavery, Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn. Endeavor Content is distributing the series internationally.