Sarah Paulson will star and executive produce in a film about Gwen Shamblin, the woman who ran a cult-like diet program and church since the 1980s. Deadline was announced on September 19 “The Way Down,” which chronicles Shamblin’s rise and fall.
Shamblin, who died in 2021, ran a dieting program called the Weigh Down Workshop. She quickly amassed a devoted following and founded the Remnant Fellowship Church. But she was eventually accused of physical, emotional and psychological abuse by supporters, some of whom said the church advocates abusive discipline and encourages eating disorders, among many other criticisms, according to The Guardian. Two of the church members were also convicted of murdering their own son in 2007, according to NBC.
The Way Down chronicles Shamblin’s ascension as well as the plane crash that resulted in her death near the conclusion of the series. It also includes stories from many survivors and followers of Shamblin’s program and church.
No release date or additional information about the cast has yet been released, and HBO Max officials did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment. One thing is for sure, though: Paulson, who received an Emmy nomination for her role as Linda Tripp in FX’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” will definitely have another iconic wig in her collection after her performance as Shamblin, which was well known for her stratospheric blonde updo.