When the Netflix series Making A Murderer was released, it took the world by storm and viewers became obsessed with it. Creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos put a ton of focus on Steven Avery and his case, which has torn society apart. Many were wondering just what would be coming next from the duo and it appears as if fans finally know, as they will take on the serialized article from Huffington Post titled “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker.”
Variety is reporting that the new project will be made for TV and it is going to be the first under the deal between Sonar Entertainment and Smokehouse Pictures. Demos and Ricciardi are going to have some impressive backers as Smokehouse Pictures is the property of Grant Heslov and George Clooney.
“America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker” is a series of articles and other pieces from the Huffington Post in which a two-decade long investigation was done into the giant company known as Johnson & Johnson.
“Over the course of 20 years, Johnson & Johnson created a powerful drug, promoted it illegally to children and the elderly, covered up the side effects and made billions of dollars.”
Essentially, it will tell the story of the division inside of Johnson & Johnson that led the marketing of an anti-psychotic drug without disclosing any of the serious and painful side effects. People suffered and dealt with much worse in this situation, yet it went on for around 20 years.
Children and the elderly were the targets of this drug’s marketing from Johnson & Johnson, and it led to a huge investigation. The company agreed to pay more than $2 billion in penalties and settlements because of the situation, but that was just a small portion of the reported $30 billion they made in worldwide sales of the drug.
Yahoo! is reporting that the new series will take Demos and Ricciardi from the world of documentary filmmaking to a scripted series. As of now, it is not exactly known who will work with the duo or star in the show.
Sonar CEO Thomas Lesinski is thrilled at the partnership with Smokehouse and presenting “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker” to the world.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with George and Grant and their talented team at Smokehouse. Smokehouse has a stellar track record of delivering commercial and critically acclaimed content. Smokehouse will be a great partner for Sonar Entertainment as the two companies align perfectly in our approaches to premium TV programming.”
Lesinski and all involved are truly hoping that the new project will bring about the same type of success that came from Netflix’s Making A Murderer.
That series took a look at a decade’s worth of work from Demos and Ricciardi as they chronicled the case of Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison before being exonerated and released. Little did he know that he’d be arrested just two years later and convicted in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach.
It was just released this past December and dominated Netflix and social media for months before the craze finally died down.
Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi really were able to generate a lot of attention and controversy with Making A Murderer, and it really put Steven Avery’s case in the spotlight. Things are going to change things up some with their second series America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker, but people are going to tune in no matter what because of who they are. Now, the only thing will be to keep the attention of everyone with the storied and dark history of Johnson & Johnson.
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