MAKING A MURDERER Trailer: Netflix Gets Into The True Crime Genre
Looks like the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Sisters won't be the only thing to go head to head with Star Wars: The Force Awakens this year. On December 18th, Netflix is releasing every episode of Making a Murderer, the streaming service's first original true crime documentary series. With the popularity of the Serial podcast (Season 2 just began yesterday) and the incredible Andrew Jarecki docu-series The Jinx on HBO, the true crime genre seems to be en vogue right now, and the network has released a captivating first trailer for the show, along with an official synopsis. Check it out below, and let me know if this looks like something you're interested in.
Inspired by a newspaper article from 2005, directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have spent the last decade documenting an unprecedented real-life thriller that spans more than thirty years. Set in America’s Heartland, Making a Murderer follows the harrowing story of Steven Avery, an outsider from the wrong side of the tracks, convicted and later exonerated of a brutal assault. His release triggered major criminal justice reform legislation, and he filed a lawsuit that threatened to expose corruption in local law enforcement and award him millions of dollars. But in the midst of his very public civil case, he suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.
The series takes viewers inside a riveting, high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. The filmmakers have documented every angle of the story, following the second investigation and ensuing trial of the accused, petitioning the court to avoid having to turn over their footage, gathering archival materials, and interviewing those closest to the case.