NBC & Dick Wolf To Develop ‘Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Brothers Murders
After the ratings & critical success of Ryan Murphy’s FX American Crime Story:People v O.J. Simpson miniseries it was only a matter of time the other TV networks decided to get in the ‘Real life headlines’ drama series Dick Wolf ‘Law & Order’ & the Chicago Fire/PD/Med franchises & NBC is to develop yet another spin off ‘Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Brothers Murders’ I hope it feature a strong cast like ‘O.J. Simpson’.
NBC, DICK WOLF DEVELOP “LAW & ORDER” TRUE CRIME ANTHOLOGY SERIES: THE MENENDEZ BROTHERS MURDER CASE UP FIRST
Iconic Producer to Revisit Infamous 1989 Murder of Wealthy Beverly Hills Parents by Their Own Sons, Lyle and Erik Menendez, Who Were Convicted After Three Trials
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 6, 2016 – Two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer Dick Wolf, the creative force behind the “Law & Order” and “Chicago” franchises, is developing the first installment of a bold new anthology series, “Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Brothers Murders,” which will take “Law & Order” into dramatizing actual true stories for the first time.
The eight-episode anthology series currently in development will focus on Lyle and Erik Menendez, brothers who were convicted of murdering their parents and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in 1996. The brothers, who were 21 and 18 years old, respectively, at the time of the murders, were tried separately but eventually convicted in a third trial after no verdicts were rendered in the first two trials because of hung juries.
Home in their Beverly Hills mansion on the night of Aug. 20, 1989, Jose Menendez, a movie executive, was shot in the head while Kitty Menendez was found by police with bullet holes throughout her body. The crime scene was so gruesome that police initially suspected a Mafia hit.
After spending lavishly for six months following the murders, both brothers were arrested by police. Erik Menendez had confessed to his psychologist and the tapes of those conversations were later ruled admissible. Lyle Menendez was arrested after police believed he was attempting to flee the country.
As of 2008, both were currently serving their life sentences in the California Department of Corrections.
Dick Wolf will executive produce through Wolf Entertainment in association with Universal Television.