Fan of the Serial podcast? You will want to make sure your Netflix subscription is current. The streaming service has inked a deal with directors Laura Riccardi and Moira Demos for Making a Murderer. Both have been working on the series for a decade.
“If we had not been there to witness these events we would have trouble believing they actually occurred. Our goal has always been to share that experience with viewers. Our partnership with Netflix has allowed us to tell this story in a way that wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else,” directors Ricciardi and Demos said in a statement.
It follows the story of Steven Avery, a man wrongly convicted of a brutal assault to later being charged and convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer for Auto Trader Magazine.
Netflix bills the documentary and Avery as “an outsider from the wrong side of the tracks, convicted and later exonerated of a brutal assault. His release triggered major criminal justice reform legislation, and he filed a lawsuit that threatened to expose corruption in local law enforcement and award him millions of dollars. But in the midst of his very public civil case, he suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.”
Look, I get the initial conviction was overturned, but he’s not the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. He’s serving life along with his nephew for murder. The judge went out of his way to ensure lack of impropriety, and Avery’s latest appeal for a new trial was rejected.
Yes, true crime stories are popular entertainment. Look at Investigation Discovery. An entire channel devoted to true crime stories. What the directors have put together I’m sure will be riveting. It almost sounds fictional the twists and turns.
Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming, Lisa Nishimura, released a statement on the news.
“There are an unbelievable number of twists and turns in the story arc of Making a Murderer, it feels like it has to be fictional. Ricciardi and Demos have navigated very complex terrain and skillfully woven together an incredible series that leaves you feeling like you’re right in the middle of the action.”
What about a release date? Netflix isn’t making you wait long with December 18 tapped as the premiere date. It will be in the usual Netflix format. All ten episodes will be available at launch.
What do you think? I’ll be sure to catch it, but sound off in the comments.