Since the popular Netflix true crime documentary debuted in December, everyone has been seriously consumed by everything Making a Murderer.
The 10-part series follows the crimes and trials of Wisconsin native Steven Avery, who was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1985 and forced to spend 18 years in jail before being exonerated in 2003.
Avery was then arrested two years later and convicted, along with his nephew Brendan Dassey, of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach. Both Avery and Dassey continue to maintain their innocence, raising serious concerns about the criminal justice system.
But if season one wasn’t frustrating enough, the docu-series directors, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, are in the midst of preparing for a follow-up, Variety reports.
This time, the series will work with Avery’s new badass criminal attorney Kathleen Zellner, as well as Avery himself.
Ricciardi and Demos were a part of a Stranger Than Fiction panel discussion at New York’s IFC Center this past Thursday and confirmed that they have been in contact with Zellner about the prospect of filming. They have continued to record their conversations with Avery. During the panel, Ricciardi made it very clear that they hope to continue telling Avery’s story.
“From our perspective this story is obviously not over,” Ricciardi said. “It’s real life and (Avery’s and Brendan Dassey’s) cases are both still pending. We have no idea when the magistrate will make a decision in Brendan’s case. We do know that two potential outcomes are that the judge could order Brendan’s release or he could order a new trial. So we are on the edge of seats about that. To the extent that there are significant developments, we would like to continue documenting this (case).”
When the next season will actually take place is hard to say, as Ricciardi and Demos are not overly welcome in Manitowoc County due to how they portrayed the state in the first season.
“There is a lot of hostility toward these two women (Ricciardi and Demos) in Wisconsin. The theory is that they have played Wisconsin unfairly. But among those people who think and are a little more educated and thoughtful about these sorts of issues, there is appreciation,” said Stephen M. Glynn, Avery’s civil lawyer who was also on the panel.
In the meantime, there’s also speculation that a Hollywood movie could be in the works.
The Green Bay Press Gazette has reported that that a local betting shop, BoyleSports, is currently taking bids on which actors could play Avery. Prospects include Billy Bob Thornton, Danny McBride, Kiefer Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Jeff Bridges, and even Leonardo DiCaprio.