If you thought you were finished with Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, think again — but prepare for a whole new side of the now-infamous case Netflix's Making a Murderer is getting a follow-up that is currently being shopped around and which Deadline reveals is being called Convicting a Murderer. This time, the law enforcers investigating the murder of Teresa Halbach will get a chance to tell their sides of the story. That wasn't the case during the original series, so you can expect a different experience when watching the new show.
So what will Convincing A Murderer entail? According to Deadline, the same Wisconsin case against Steven Avery is the subject of this series, which has yet to find a home. It won't be the same story at all though, especially because a lot has happened since the 2015 show aired on Netflix and blew everyone's minds. Instead, the docu-series, directed by Shawn Rech, will be more of a re-telling. The original Netflix series studied the case against Avery and his nephew, Dassey, who, at the time, were both in prison for the 2005 murder of Halbach. Since the series first aired in 2015, however, much has happened — including the fact that, in 2016, a Milwaukee federal judge overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey.
Meanwhile, Netflix is also producing a sequel to Making a Murderer, which was announced at the beginning of 2017. That show, which will air on Netflix, will likely still focus on Avery and Dassey's ongoing case, so there's more information about the case coming your way in the near future.
While neither the Netflix sequel to Making a Murderer nor the just-announced Convicting a Murderer have premiere dates locked down yet, it's also uncertain is which channel Convicting a Murderer will actually air on. Considering that it may contradict everything you've seen on Making a Murderer — which tried to make the case that Avery and Dassey were wrongfully convicted — you can probably bet that Convicting a Murderer won't air on the same platform. You never know though, especially because Making a Murderer was so outrageously popular that Forbes deemed it "Netflix's most significant show ever."
Fans have now waited over three years of wondering what will happen next in the murder trials, and a lot has happened. On Feb. 20, ABC reported that Dassey's legal team filed a petition to have his case reviewed by the Supreme Court. Everyone who watched Making a Murderer is undoubtedly following this case, and many suspect that Avery and Dassey are, in fact, innocent.
Convicting a Murderer might seriously change people's views though, just by offering a different perspective of the 2007 trial that led to Avery and Dassey's lifelong prison sentences. In the new series, District Attorney Ken Kratz and Lead Investigator Tom Fassbender will finally share their sides of the story. They were involved in State v. Avery, on Wisconsin's side. As Rech, the filmmaker behind Convicting a Murderer told Deadline, "When Making A Murderer was produced, many on the law enforcement side of the story could not, or would not, participate in the series, which resulted in a one-sided analysis of the case" He continued, saying, "This docu-series will examine the case and the allegations of police wrongdoing from a broader perspective. It will also share with viewers the traumatic effects of being found guilty and vilified in the court of public opinion."
Just when you thought you knew everything about the Making a Murderer case, Convicting a Murderer could completely change your mind. Even if you're not as excited to hear law-enforcers' opinions about Avery and Dassey, you will definitely want to watch the new take on their case.