Following the massive success of grisly documentaries Making A Murderer, The Staircase, and Casting JonBenet, streaming service Netflix is reinvesting back into the true crime documentary genre, this time with a story based off John Grisham’s 2006 best-seller, The Innocent Man.
The six-part series, which is of the same name, focuses on the murders of two women from Oklahoma, in the 1980’s, and the subsequent convictions of Tommy Ward, Karl Fontenot, Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz. Seemingly centering around police interviews with the men, the trailer echoes the false confession of Brendan Dassey and lack of forensic evidence that made Making A Murderer such a compelling watch.
Looking at the broader picture, Director Clay Tweel is aiming to encourage the viewer to take a look at their own prejudices and understanding of partiality. “As a filmmaker, I often find that the best stories are the ones we tell ourselves, but what surprised me was the extent to which that idea also permeates the criminal justice system. By re-examining these old cases I hope that viewers will identify the biases involved, even their own,” he says.
Innocent Man will be hitting screens December 14th, and will undoubtedly be the true crime talking point of this summer.