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Errol Morris is working on his own Netflix true-crime series

Errol Morris is working on his own Netflix true-crime series

Making a Murderer won’t be Netflix’s only true-crime documentary series: Emmy-award winning director Error Morris is working  a six-episode true-crime series for the streaming service.

Morris, the documentarian whose 1988 documentary The Thin Blue Line (watch it on Amazon or on Netflix) established new ground in true-crime storytelling, from its reenactments to an actual, The Jinx-like confession, never mind Morris’ clear mission to prove someone’s innocence. He went on to win the Academy Award for The Fog of War, subtitled “Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.”

What’s his new series about? All he said in a Slate interview was this: “It’s one story, over six episodes, so far.”

In that interview, he talks about the appeal of true crime entertainment, saying “the mystery of what really happened; the mystery of personality; of who people really, really are is powerfully represented when you have a crime standing in back of all of it.”
He also talks about Making a Murderer, and sums it up well: “I suppose the technical way to say it is both of those trials were totally fucked up.”

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