The festival was marketed as a luxury, five-star music festival on a private island in the Bahamas, but festival-goers got the exact opposite of luxury. “Luxury tents” were actually disaster relief tents, people were stranded with little-to-no food, all the scheduled musical acts had pulled out and the festival was eventually canceled. The result was headlines like “Rich Kids of Instagram Meets Hunger Games,” several lawsuits against the festival organizers, an FBI investigation and the eventual arrest of organizer Billy McFarland for misleading investors. McFarland has been ordered to pay at least $26 million as part of his plea deal and he faces up to 40 years in prison.
Though currently untitled, Hulu’s investigative docuseries about the festival is being developed by Billboard, Mic and The Cinemart. The docuseries is set for a 2019 release and it will feature interviews that dissect just how McFarland was able to dupe festival-goers, employees, vendors, investors and Bahamian locals. The documentary series will also include never-before-seen footage, as well as leaked documents, emails and audio recordings.
The Cinemart, who is also set to release Jay-Z’s Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, is leading production on this new series with executive producers Julia Nason, Michael Gasparro and Jenner Furst (who will also direct). Billboard’s John Amato and Dana Miller, and Mic’s Jake Horowitz, Angela Freedom and Sharmi Ghandiwill will also serve as executive producers.