HOLLYWOOD – Netflix have confirmed that a film based on their documentary series Making a Murderer is due to roll into production later this year.

“The phone hasn’t stop ringing since we put the show on the service,” said a Netflix spokesman.

Most of the time it’s people crying, or swearing, or crying and swearing. Mel Gibson left us a three hour answering message explaining his theory of who really did it but we assured him that Steven Spielberg has an alibi for the night in question.

Although no director is attached to the project, David Lynch has expressed an interest in taking the helm:

Manitowoc is a weird city full of strange, grotesque characters. Usually it takes me years to come up with that shit but it’s all there. The place is practically a Twin Peaks theme park and I reckon the story would make an interesting movie.

Twitter is already speculating which actors will take on the main roles with Leonardo DiCaprio the current frontrunner to play Steven Avery but it’s the role of former district attorney Ken Kratz that is causing the most interest after Daniel Day-Lewis allegedly attended a Christmas fancy dress party as the man himself.

“We were all waiting for Daniel to arrive when suddenly, Ken Kratz walked in,” said an anonymous party goer:

He was immediately set upon and we’d just fashioned a make-shift scaffold and put a noose around his neck when we realised it was Daniel and everyone fell about laughing.

Kratz was unavailable for comment but he did send us these text messages:

Hey, sexy. I’m kind of a big shot. Maybe you can come over and sit on my face and tell me I’m the King. – K

Er, sorry, that text message was sent by Steven Avery. They just found my phone in his cell. He escaped, stole my phone and then broke back into prison. I’ve got proof! Well, I will have proof. Give me a few days.



2015 was the year of true crime and despite everyone going gaga over the Serial podcast it dipped and dragged and by the time the last episode came around, I was glad it was over all over and done with. HBO’s The Jinx was a different kettle of fish with fewer episodes and gallons of WTF moments and head-spinning absurdity. For those that haven’t managed to catch the story of Machiavellian maniac Robert Durst, The Jinx should be high on your watch list but even that mighty series cannot compete with Netflix’s Making A Murderer.

The prospect of ten solid hours of documentary film might fill you with horror and dread but if it were eligible for an Oscar, it would be the odds on favourite. Essentially Making a Murderer is the tale of Steven Avery, a man sent to prison for eighteen years for a crime he didn’t commit but it’s more than that, it’s a study of how a family and a community is affected by his conviction and how the establishment conspires to crush Avery and deny him his liberty.

There are twists and turns along the way, genuine villains and crusading heroes. It’s difficult to believe the story is true, at one point I’d convinced myself the series was an elaborate hoax but alas, it is terrifyingly real. Those involved in the conspiracy against Steven have accused the filmmakers of bias but the evidence (or lack of evidence) is there for all to see in the interrogation tapes, the police reports and the demeanour of the snake pit of slippery characters. You will get angry, very angry and you will wonder how the corruption was never previously exposed but you will also be inspired by the compassion of those that firmly believe in Avery’s innocence.

Making a Murderer has raised the bar when it comes to the true crime genre and its success will encourage Netflix to pour money into more intelligent, in-depth films. We’ve already seen some crackers over the last decade, but the golden age of documentaries is definitely upon us.

Making a Murderer is available on Netflix.