Hulu Series About Timothy Piazza’s Death In Development

Update, 3:07 p.m.: A spokesperson from Lionsgate Television confirmed the series’ development.

“The limited series explores fraternity life and specifically tells the story of Tim Piazza who fought for his life for 12 hours before his Beta Theta Pi brothers called 911. By then it was too late,” a release said.

Original Story: A new limited television series about the 2017 death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza is currently under development at Hulu, according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

Entitled “Death at Penn State,” the series is an adaptation of Caitlin Flanigan’s article “Death at a Penn State Fraternity” for the Atlantic. Robert Greenblatt is set to executive produce the project, through his deal with Lionsgate Television.

“We are grateful and fully supportive of Lionsgate and Hulu taking on this project related to our son’s tragic and very preventable death,” Jim and Evelyn Piazza, Timothy’s parents, said in a release to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Given the reckless and deplorable behavior of fraternity members and their advisors, the lack of oversight by the University and the National Fraternity and the ongoing criminal and civil proceedings that continue five plus years later,” Jim and Evelyn continued. “We feel this is a story that must be told to prevent similar incidents from happening to another young man (or woman) and their family.”

Piazza died after sustaining injuries due to a fall in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. Members of the fraternity did not alert authorities until almost 12 hours after the initial fall, according to police. Presented legal evidence said Piazza had a blood alcohol content nearing .40 percent (a fatal amount) and consumed somewhere around 18 alcoholic drinks in a span of 82 minutes.

As a result of Piazza’s death, 18 individuals and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity received criminal charges.

In 2018, a Pennsylvania anti-hazing law was named after Piazza. In August 2021, another similar law was named after Piazza, this one being in New Jersey. The law allows for a maximum prison sentence of five years for those convicted.

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