The two filmmakers behind Netflix’s insanely popular documentary series Making a Murderer have revealed they have taken preliminary steps to produce new instalments of the show.
The true-crime story raised many questions about both Steven Avery’s and his nephew Brendan Dassey’s convictions for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos also revealed they have been in contact with Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, reports Complex.
According to Variety, the group have discussed the possibility of filming more episodes and revealed that they have continued to record their conversations with Avery.
During a Stranger Than Fiction panel discussion Ricciardi said:
From our perspective this story is obviously not over. It’s real life and [Avery 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.
The pair have previously said that as long as there are ‘significant developments’ they would like to continue documenting the case and it is now looking like a follow-up series is getting very close to happening.
Due to the success of the show they have become the centre of a lot of press attention and Ricciardi said:
I’ve never really dealt with the press before except in the context of making the film.
So to be the subject is different, but we are grateful that people have watched and engaged with the series because we made it to promote a dialogue. The series has in many ways taken on a life of its own.
However, if the pair are to return to Wisconsin to continue filming they could face difficulties given the negative portrayal of local authorities in the series.
Stephen M. Glynn, Avery’s civil attorney, said:
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.
It seems there are plenty more twists to come in this tale…