Will An 'Amanda Knox' Sequel Happen? Netflix Could Continue To Tell Her Story
Even with all that's been written, said, and recorded on film about the trial of Amanda Knox and the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, mysteries and controversy still abound. That's why Netflix has made a new documentary about the case, titled Amanda Knox, which will premiere on Sept. 30. It's a highly anticipated release and viewers will likely devour the tale, which carries with it the cache of being a classic salacious "true crime" story, as well as Netflix's history of success with such projects, most notably with Making a Murderer. That 2015 show is set to come back for a second season, which opens up the question of whether Netflix will make a sequel to Amanda Knox , as well.
It's certainly possible. There's plenty left to explore in this complex story, which details Knox's connection to the case and her life following her exoneration in 2015. Amanda Knox includes interviews with Knox herself and her boyfriend at the time of the murder, Raffaele Sollecito, as well as with the prosecutor in the case, Giuliano Mignini. This is an impressive level of access, and it all makes for a fascinating documentary that true crime fans will certainly want to check out.
And perhaps there will be more to come. As The Independent story points out, the film does not include any interviews with Rudy Guede, the person who was convicted of Kercher's murder in 2008 after the discovery of DNA evidence and is now, following Knox and Sollecito's acquittals, the only person imprisoned for the crime. Guede is in the middle of serving his 16-year sentence, and his perspective could be an important element to consider in any potential follow-up to Netflix's Amanda Knox.
Netflix has a precedent for continuing to cover subjects like this, and I suspect the social media buzz and media coverage of the documentary will reveal what questions viewers still have and on what subjects their interests still lie regarding the case. This is what happened with Making a Murderer, which became a international sensation and stirred up so much discussion and so many follow-up questions that Netflix decided to continue exploring the case with a second season. With Brendan Dassey's conviction recently overturned — and then appealed — and the potential for Steven Avery to get a new hearing, a second season makes perfect sense. Just like with Murderer, another true crime series, NPR's podcast Serial, has led to new developments in the case it covered: Adnan Syed will receive a retrial.
Knox's story, which started in 2007 and had new developments all the way up to Knox and Sollecito's acquittals in the highest Italian courts in 2015, seems somewhat settled, but if these other series are any indication, there could still be much to reveal in a sequel.