Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos will follow their popular Netflix series Making A Murderer with an adaptation of the Huffington Post story "America's Most Admired Lawbreaker," according to Paste.
"America's Most Admired Lawbreaker," an article written by journalist Steven Brill, traces "the inside story" of Johnson & Johnson, the company that made billions of dollars marketing a harmful drug, Risperdal, to children and the elderly. Legal action against the company resulted in a $2 billion settlement, but Johnson & Johnson brought in $30 billion from sales of the drug. Brill's serialized report is divided into 15 parts.
Ricciardi and Demos are working on their latest project with Nick Paluga for Smokehouse Pictures. Smokehouse was founded by George Clooney and Grant Heslov in 2006 and is mostly known for producing movies, including Good Night And Good Luck, Leatherheads, The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Monuments Men.
All 10 episodes of the first season of Making A Murderer were released in December 2015 on Netflix.
"The response to the series has taken on a life of its own," Ricciardi told The Los Angeles Times this week. "But what we’re really taking on in the series is the role of truth and justice in the American criminal justice system. If there's ambiguity – which we believe there is – about who killed Teresa Halbach, then the question is, what do you do with that ambiguity? We were trying to show the experience of the accused in the criminal justice system. Do we really give any weight to individual rights?
A second season of the show has yet to be announced.