Not content to give the broadcast networks and premium cablers a run for their money with original series and movies, Netflix is now getting into the docu-series business with the 10-part crime exposé “Making of a Murderer,” which will premiere exclusively on the streamer in all territories where it is available on Dec. 18.
Inspired by a newspaper article from 2005, “Making of a Murderer” follows the case of Steven Avery, a man convicted and later exonerated of a brutal rape. In the midst of his $36 million lawsuit against the county where he was convicted, he became the prime suspect in the grisly murder of a photographer.
The series’ directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos followed the second investigation and ensuing trial of the Avery, petitioning the court make it turn over its footage, gathering archival materials and interviewing those closest to the case.
“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,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of original documentary programming for Netflix, in a statement. “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.”
Netflix’s slate of original documentary and docu-series programming has included the Oscar-nominated films “The Square” and “Virunga,” as well as “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and he series “Chef’s Table.”
Netflix will preview the first two episodes of “Making a Murderer” at the DOC NYC film festival on Nov. 13.