‘Making a Murderer’ Filmmakers Are Ready for a Second Season: ‘This Story Is Ongoing’

Steven Avery
Steven Avery in Netflix's documentary 'Making a Murderer.' Netflix

Never say never! The filmmakers behind Making a Murderer told Us Weekly on Sunday, January 17, that while a second season isn’t in production just yet, they are staying “proactive” with the idea.

Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi also told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, on Sunday that they’ve had “several” conversations with convicted murderer Steven Avery since the launch of the Netflix series on December 18.

“We did record those calls with an eye toward including them in any episodes, should there be new episodes,” Ricciardi said. “But we have not returned to Wisconsin in the past four weeks.”

Demos added, “This story is ongoing. These cases are open. We are ready to follow these. If there are significant developments, we will be there. And we’re looking at other stories as well.”

Making a Murderer is a 10-part series that follows Avery’s troubles with the law. After serving 18 years in prison, he was exonerated of a sexual assault conviction. In 2005, Avery was convicted for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. He is currently serving life in prison without parole.

Ricciardi told reporters that Avery asked both the warden and his social worker if he could watch the hit series, but was denied.

As far as a second season goes, Variety reports that Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “The story is still unfolding, so we’ll take a look at it.”

He added, “There’s over 700 hours of footage. To split hairs about what was left in and what was left out … It’s a great film, and we want people to watch it and decide for themselves.

“It would be impossible to include every piece of evidence that was submitted to court or attempted to be submitted to the court. And so, we took our cues from the prosecution [and] what they thought was the most compelling evidence. That’s what we included," Ricciardi told reporters. "Of course, we left out evidence. There would have been no other way to do it. We were not putting on a trial, but a film. And the question of what was omitted: Was that really significant? The answer is no.”

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