Look what O.J. Simpson started.
On the heels of FX’s successful American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, NBC has greenlit Law & Order: True Crime, an anthology series from L&O overlord Dick Wolf. The first eight-episode chapter will focus on brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents and sentenced to life in prison.
“We’ve been talking with Dick about how to create an event series coming out of the Law & Order ripped-from-the-headlines brand,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “This case captured the public’s attention like nothing before it as it examined taboo issues such as patricide and matricide in gruesome detail, all against a backdrop of privilege and wealth. We will recreate the cultural and societal surroundings of both the murders and trials when people were not only obsessed with the case but examining how and why these brothers committed these heinous crimes.”
Added Wolf: “Bob, Jen and I have been focused on the natural evolution of the Law & Order brand for the last several years and are excited to extend the franchise with a scripted limited anthology series that focuses on a high-profile trial. There is no shortage of compelling real-life criminal cases, and the Menendez trial was more scintillating than most crime fiction.”
News of the Law & Order spinoff comes amid TV’s true-crime boom. In addition to FX’s American Crime Story, Netflix tapped into the zeitgiest last December with Making a Murderer.