Making a Murderer enthralled audiences after its release on Netflix this past December. With Steven Avery’s case undergoing new and exciting developments, it might only be a matter of time before a sequel is underway.
As you may recall, Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were found guilty of murdering Teresa Halbach. But the documentary brought into question their conviction and how the police handled the investigation.
According to Enstarz, Avery has a new attorney with a reputation in righting wrongs within the legal system. While Making a Murderer ended without justice for Avery, his new attorney has been working hard to build a case for his innocence.
“One of the most obvious [major developments] is that Steven Avery now has a new attorney, Kathleen Zellner, who seems to have a distinguished career turning over wrongful convictions,” Laura Ricciardi, one of the original creators of the series, shared. “And in many of those cases actually solving the crime.”
Zellner has been actively posting about the case on social media. By all accounts, Avery is thrilled to have her support.
“Steven is excited and grateful to have new counsel,” Ricciardi added. “And we’ve been talking to Kathleen Zellner about the potential of filming with her and continuing to follow the story.”
Considering the popularity of Making a Murderer, there is a strong chance that Zellner will agree to take part in the sequel. After all, fans have long expressed a desire to see an end to the story.
Meanwhile, Ricciardi discussed how Dassey’s case is still under review by a federal magistrate. Unfortunately, the magistrate has yet to officially review the petition.
“Technically speaking, Brendan’s case is where it was when the series finished,” Ricciardi stated. “His habeas petition is sitting on the federal magistrate’s desk. Everybody is awaiting the magistrate’s decision on his case. There’s really no schedule or timetable for it. His lawyers told us they might have one or two days’ notice.”
Speaking of Dassey, Bustle is reporting that he might be featured as the focal point of the sequel. In fact, depending on what happens with the federal magistrate, Dassey’s low IQ and age at the time of conviction make his story a more compelling one to follow.
In regard to what might happen to Dassey’s case, Ricciardi revealed two plausible options.
“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,” she shared. “To the extent that there are significant developments, we would like to continue documenting this.”
Netflix has yet to green-light a sequel, though given the show’s success there is little doubt that Netflix would agree to fund it.
According to Time Out, Ricciardi, and fellow filmmaker, Moira Demos, spent some ten years producing Making a Murderer. This included making the move to Wisconsin and documenting the original trial as it unfolded.
“It was not an easy ten years for sure. When we made the decision to pursue it in January 2006 obviously we didn’t know how epic the story would be,” Demos admitted. “By August 2007 what we had captured with our camera felt like something so important to be preserved. So many important pieces of the story were being missed. At times we started feeling like the history was being forgotten or even at times rewritten. We felt a great burden.”
Since the release of the series, fans have expressed a strong desire to see the courts revisit the case and take a harder look at the evidence.
Until more information about the sequel is revealed, fans can watch Making a Murderer Season 1 on Netflix.
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