‘Making A Murderer’ Creators & George Clooney Team Up For New TV Project
Credited with the massively popular Making a Murderer, film making duo Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi will be adapting the Huffington Post article “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker” for television.Advertisement
The project is under a new first-look deal between Sonar Entertainment and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures.
As reported by Variety, America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker chronicles the story of the production of an antipsychotic drug and its marketing to children and the elderly by Johnson & Johnson. However, the pharmaceutical company did not reveal the side effects of the drug. As a result, Johnson & Johnson had to pay in excess of $2 billion as penalties and settlements.
Currently, neither is there any network associated with the series nor have the number of episodes been made clear. Nicki Paluga is set to adapt the article into a series. Ricciardi and Demos will be directing.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with George and Grant and their talented team at Smokehouse,” Sonar CEO Thomas Lesinski said. “Smokehouse has a stellar track record of delivering commercial and critically acclaimed content. Smokehouse will be a great partner for Sonar Entertainment, as the two companies align perfectly in our approaches to premium TV programming.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker will be Demos and Ricciardi’s first project since Making a Murderer, which chronicled the convictions of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey in the 2005 killing of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. The ten-part docueries premiered in December and has become massively popular worldwide.
America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker is part of Smokehouse’s effort to make its way into television. It is currently developing Ms, a mini-series about Ms Magazine founder Gloria Steinem. Some of the company’s other credits, according to the Hollywood Reporter, include The Men Who Stare At Goats, Argo, Leatherheads, and Good Night and Good Luck.