If you've finished the bumbling finale of Inventing Anna and stared into the eyes of “fake German heiress” Anna Delvey herself (a.k.a Julia Garner), perhaps such an experience rattled you enough to wonder, Where is this all going? Does Anna get her comeuppance? Should I invest in a pair of Céline glasses?
Not all such questions can be answered by yours truly, sadly, but there are a few other research routes you could take. You could read what the real-life Anna Sorokin is up to these days, but perhaps you're more inclined to ponder whether Garner's fictionalized Delvey will make a screen-side comeback. Shonda Rhimes’s Netflix hit, Inventing Anna, doesn’t document the entire story first reported by Jessica Pressler in New York Magazine, so it stands to reason there could be more forthcoming from the mega-streamer. But, as the months since Inventing Anna’s release go on without an announcement, that seems less likely. Here's what we know so far about any rumors of an Inventing Anna season 2.
There seem to be no plans from the Shondaland team, nor the Netflix overlords, to move Inventing Anna forward. Netflix already reportedly paid the real-life Sorokin $320,000 to adapt her life story, and given that the show is billed as a limited series, that typically means no sophomore season will follow.
That said, Sorokin/Delvey's life is still very much happening, so if her long con continues, there’s room for more story. There’s precedent for limited series to pull multi-season arcs: Big Little Lies, for instance, was only meant to have one season. But, for now, it seems Rhimes and her team want Inventing Anna’s first chapter to stand on its own.
There’s no dearth of scammer series already streaming in 2022. There’s Inventing Anna and the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler; WeCrashed, in which Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway play the masterminds behind the WeWork scandal; The Dropout, starring Amanda Seyfried as infamous Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes; and Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.
The real-life Jessica Williams, whom you might recall as the Vanity Fair photo editor who befriends Anna in Inventing Anna, reportedly sold the rights to adapt her book, My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress, to HBO and Lena Dunham. But the deal has since expired, as People reported, which means the adaptation is unlikely to come through.
We also know Williams is none too pleased about her depiction in Inventing Anna, which could add fuel to the HBO fire. On August 29, she filed a defamation lawsuit against Netflix arguing that the series misrepresented her as “a horrible person.”
“This action will show that Netflix made a deliberate decision for dramatic purposes to show Williams doing or saying things in the Series which portray her as a greedy, snobbish, disloyal, dishonest, cowardly, manipulative and opportunistic person,” the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, states. It would seem Anna’s drama never really ends.