Premieres: January 2018 (FX)
The real story: In 1973, 16-year-old J. Paul Getty III, the grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty Sr., was kidnapped in Rome. His captors demanded $17 million, but Getty’s father was unable to pay the hefty ransom. His grandfather refused, saying, “If I pay one penny now, I’ll have 14 kidnapped grandchildren.” It wasn’t until months later, when the captors sent a lock of Getty’s hair and his severed ear to an Italian newspaper, that his grandfather agreed to pay the kidnappers a renegotiated amount of $3 million.
The cast: Harris Dickinson as Getty III; Hilary Swank as his mother, Gail Getty; Donald Sutherland as his grandfather; and Brendan Fraser as Getty Sr.’s private investigator, James Fletcher Chace.