It's easily been one of the most talked-about series in television, never mind Netflix, but now it looks like a second season is almost officially a go.
Speaking at a panel discussion in New York's IFC Center, Making A Murderer's directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos announced that they're tentatively beginning work on the follow-up.
"From our perspective this story is obviously not over,” explained Ricciardi. "It’s real life and (Avery’s 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. To the extent that there are significant developments, we would like to continue documenting this (case)."
The first series took almost ten years of research, reporting and investigations before it was completed. Despite being released only ten weeks ago on Netflix, the series has racked up an incredible amount of viewers - Netflix doesn't release figures about it shows - and made some of the characters into cult heroes.
For their part, Ricciardi and Demos have their heads on a swivel. "I’ve never really dealt with the press before except in the context of making the film," said Ricciardi. “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. I can’t keep up with all the headlines and the tweets and I certainly can’t engage with all of it. The series has in many ways taken on a life of its own.”
The next season of Making A Murderer may prove even more difficult for them, however. Speaking at the same discussion, Avery's civil lawyer, Stephen Glynn, spoke about the incredible challenges facing the documentary makers now that the series has become so popular. "There is a lot of hostility toward these two women in Wisconsin. The theory is that 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."
No official date has been set for Making A Murderer's second season and, most likely, it'll be a year or two before we see anything concrete. Still, it's good to know this isn't just fizzling out just because it's no longer top of Twitter's trending topics.