Making A Murderer Directors Planning A Sequel

Get out your amateur detective hats and prepare to dive into the K-hole of Reddit conspiracy theories yet again, because the filmmakers behind Making A Murderer are hoping to do a sequel. Nothing has been greenlit yet, but directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are chomping at the bit to continue the series, which follows the murder investigation of Teresa Halbach and ensuing conviction of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.

As part of the IFC Center’s Stranger Than Fiction documentary film series, Ricciardi and Demos took part in a special interview about the making of the doc.

Ricciardi said, “From our perspective this story is obviously not over. 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].”

The directors and their filmmaking – or at least film-editing – methods have come under considerable scrutiny since Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix in December. They’re also probably not going to receive a hugely warm welcome from the citizens of Manitowoc, WI, the hometown of Avery and Dassey and where the doc is set.

In any case, fans of Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will be disappointed to learn that the dream team isn’t part of Avery’s ongoing case. Avery has two new lawyers, Tricia Bushnell of the Midwest Innocence Project, and Kathleen Zellner, who’s been tweeting up a storm about the case. But don’t worry; Strang and Buting are going on what’s sure to be a swoon-worthy nationwide speaking tour this spring.

[Variety, Jezebel]