Fresh off the finale of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the network announced Wednesday that it is developing its own true crime anthology series with prolific producer Dick Wolf.
Like Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story, the project will focus on a different real life crime every season. Titled Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers, the first eight-episode season of the project will focus specifically on brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted of murdering their parents and sentenced to life iin prison without the possibility of parole in 1996. The brothers, who were 21 and 18 years old, respectively, at the time of the murders, were tried separately but eventually found guilty in a third trial after no verdicts were rendered in the first two trials because of hung juries.
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“We’ve been talking with Dick about how to create an event series coming out of the Law & Order ripped-from-the-headlines brand,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “This case captured the public’s attention like nothing before it as it examined taboo issues such as patricide and matricide in gruesome detail, all against a backdrop of privilege and wealth. We will recreate the cultural and societal surroundings of both the murders and trials when people were not only obsessed with the case but examining how and why these brothers committed these heinous crimes.”
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