With how much of a success Netflix’s Making a Murderer turned out to be, it’s fair to assume the creators behind the true-crime docuseries, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, would start receiving lucrative offers to direct or create other true-crime series. However, since the docuseries’ release on Netflix in December of last year, fans and critics have heard more from Steven Avery’s attorneys, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, and even Netflix’s CCO Ted Sarandos than Ricciardi and Demos.
Those still wondering what's next for Ricciardi and Demos may finally have their answer now, and it has nothing to do another season of Making a Murderer - rather, it will be titled America's Most Admired Lawbreaker.
THR is reporting that Ricciardi and Demos are teaming up with George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures to adapt a new scripted television series. Nicki Paluga (Perception, Resurrection) will work alongside Ricciardi and Demos in adapting the series, although no network is directly involved with the project as of yet.
The project that the Making a Murderer duo will be spearheading will be based off a series of articles written by journalist Steven Brill for The Huffington Post. The series will follow the story of a pharmaceutical company that created a drug, marketed it to children and the elderly, and allegedly manipulated and hid data about its bad side effects. This will be Smokehouse Pictures and Sonar Entertainment – who signed the deal with Clooney and Heslov’s company – first project with one another.
In terms of specifics, not much is known at the moment as to when the series will be released or even how many episodes will be included overall. What is clear, however, is that Ricciardi and Demos will direct the series and, according to THR, “Under Clooney and Heslov's deal, the duo will create scripted and unscripted drama and comedy series for cable and streaming outlets.” Ricciardi and Demos have no history with Paluga, but they do share the same agency in CAA.
Ricciardi and Demos spent over a decade reporting and creating the Making a Murder docuseries, so one would think this latest project, another true-crime endeavor, should be a nice follow-up for Ricciardi and Demos as they’ve already shown they can excel in this realm. However, one would think this new project will be highly-anticipated once more information becomes available, so it should be interesting to see how duo handles the attention and expectations going forward.
Still, Making a Murderer was one of the most popular TV series of 2015, and Smokehouse Pictures made the right move in bringing on the duo for a project like Lawbreaker.
We’ll keep you updated on America's Most Admired Lawbreaker as more information becomes available.