‘Making a Murderer’ Creators, George Clooney to Develop Scripted Series

Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos team with Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures for adaptation of “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker”

Last Updated: June 16, 2016 @ 11:45 AM

“Making a Murderer” creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos will tackle a scripted series as their next TV project.

The filmmakers will team with George Clooney and Grant Heslov‘s Smokehouse Pictures on an adaptation of the Huffington Post series “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker.” The project is the first under Smokehouse’s new first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment.

Ricciardi and Demos will adapt the series with Nicki Paluga.

Written by journalist Steven Brill, “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker” is the true story of a pharmaceutical company that created a powerful drug and marketed it aggressively to children and the elderly while allegedly manipulating and hiding data about its terrible side effects. The drug company was investigated and agreed to pay more than $2 billion in penalties and settlements, but made a reported $30 billion on sales of the drug worldwide.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with George and Grant and their talented team at Smokehouse,” Sonar CEO Thomas Lesinski said. “Smokehouse has a stellar track record of delivering commercial and critically acclaimed content. Smokehouse will be a great partner for Sonar Entertainment, as the two companies align perfectly in our approaches to premium TV programming.”