9:04am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Making a Murderer' Gets Additional Episode Order at Netflix
Making a Murderer's case is being reopened.
Netflix has ordered more episodes of the true crime docuseries, it was announced Tuesday.
Executive producers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos will return for the new installments, which will dive back into the case of convicted murderer Steven Avery and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the state fights back to have their convictions upheld.
The new episodes will take an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process as well as the emotional toll the process takes on all involved. Those involved include Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as the families and other characters close to the case.
Production has already begun on the new episodes, but it remains unclear just how many will be produced. The first season consisted of 10 hourlong episodes. No premiere date has been announced for the new installments.
“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of the series," Ricciardi and Demos said. "The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold."
Added Netflix vp, original documentary programming Lisa Nishimura: “Because of Ricciardi’s and Demos’ incredible vision, commitment and keen eye, audiences around the globe became completely captivated by the personal stories of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey and the unique lens their experiences provide into the criminal justice system. We’re thrilled to be continuing our longstanding relationship with the filmmakers, and look forward to giving our global viewers eagerly anticipated updates on this story.”
The announcement comes less than a week after Making a Murderer received six Emmy nominations, including one for best documentary or nonfiction series. Hours after learning of their nominations, the duo told THR they were "very interested" in doing new episodes. "We're definitely talking to our subjects and people on the ground and following the events," Demos said at the time.
Ricciardi and Demos spent 10 years chronicling the now well-known case of Avery, who served 18 years in prison before he was exonerated, only to be arrested two years later and convicted for the death of a photographer. Making a Murderer went on to become must-see viewing when it was released shortly before the holiday break last December. Talk of a second season or some sort of sequel to the first season heated up soon after.
In addition to the new episodes of Making a Murderer, the filmmakers are working on a scripted TV project with George Clooney's and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Picture.
Netflix's other original docuseries include Chef's Table, Cooked and the upcoming reality series centered on Vine star Cameron Dallas.