After the runaway success of Making A Murderer on Netflix, the show’s creators say that another series could well follow.
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who co-wrote and directed the series, told Irish radio host Ryan Tubridy that they’re confident there could be more to come from the controversial case.
Car mechanic Steven Avery is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005, but Ricciardi and Demos’ 10-part documentary cast plenty of doubt on Avery’s conviction.
“It’s certainly a possibility there could be additional episodes,” Demos told Tubridy on RTE Radio One. “Part of it will depend on the fact that this is real life, so it’s hard to know what will happen. There would have to be significant developments in the story to justify more episodes. We’re open to it.”
The pair also revealed why they first wanted to work on Avery’s tale and their long and so far unsuccessful quest to finally get him some justice. Prior to being convicted of Halbach’s murder, Avery served 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit.
“Steven’s case really stood out to us as unique, because here was a man who had been wronged by the system 20 years prior and was stepping back into the system that had already failed him,” Ricciardi explained.
“What we wanted to know was ‘Would the system do a better job at this time of delivering justice?’ We had been aware that there had been significant scientific advances – DNA technology had really evolved since the early 1990s – and what we really wanted to explore was the extent to which these reforms and advances were meaningful.”
The directors also alluded to the fact that Avery now has a new lawyer in the form of ruthless defence attorney Kathleen Zellner, and that the story could be far from over.
Riccardi continued: “Well, Steven has a new attorney. Her name is Kathleen Zellner, and I think to a certain extent her record speaks for itself. She’s had quite a bit of success in having wrongful convictions overturned.
“And we’ve had a number of conversations with her to date. She pointed out to us that, in I think about half of her cases, she’s actually been instrumental in solving the crimes.”
As for Avery’s current state of mind, Ricciardi said: “He’s been receiving letters of support from viewers, and that’s been very encouraging and uplifting for him. So I think, relatively speaking, in all the time we’ve known him now, over ten years, he’s actually in a relatively in a good place.”
Making a Murderer is available to stream on Netflix.
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