Between breakout podcast Serial, Netflix's wildly successful documentary series Making a Murderer, and hit TV shows that present a dramatized take on real events like The People vs. O.J. Simpson, it seems safe to say that the true crime genre is experiencing a renaissance in popular culture not seen in quite some time. Likely hoping to both ride that wave for awhile longer and try to continue their momentum from Making a Murderer, Netflix will soon debut a documentary film looking at the murder trials, convictions, and subsequent acquittals of Amanda Knox.
Simply titled Amanda Knox, the documentary seeks to present an all-encompassing look at both sides of her tumultuous journey through Italy's legal system. For those needing a refresher, Knox (an American) was uneventfully living in Italy as a student studying abroad, until the fall 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Accused of and subsequently tried for the crime, Knox was found guilty in December of 2009, and sentenced to 26 years in prison.
This sparked outrage back in the U.S., with many experts finding the evidence presented to be incompatible with Knox having committed the murder. Knox appealed, and was freed in October 2011, returning to her home country. Prosecutors actually managed to get her re-convicted in 2014, but Italy's highest court ruled Knox innocent the following year, effectively ending the matter legally once and for all. Netflix has now released a brand new trailer for their Amanda Knox doc, which can be seen in full above.
Seemingly attempting to keep Amanda Knox as unbiased as possible, the documentary features both past and present footage, including current interviews with Knox, her then-boyfriend (and acquitted co-defendant) Raffaele Sollecito, lead Italian prosecutor Giuliana Mignini, and tabloid journalist Nick Pisa. Pisa earned infamy at the time for publishing Knox's leaked "prison diaries."
A veritable media circus, the Knox case was - as many true crime tales have been over the years - dramatized into a TV movie in 2011, entitled Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy. Airing on Lifetime, the telefilm starred former Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere as Knox. While better regarded critically than one might imagine, the movie was still criticized for taking multiple liberties with the facts. With Netflix set to give the Amanda Knox saga the feature documentary treatment it deserves, here's hoping the final product not only serves to educate the public on the facts of what really happened, but clear up any lingering misconceptions.
Amanda Knox arrives Friday, September 30 on Netflix.