Law & Order is taking on real crimes. Recently, series producer Dick Wolf spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his upcoming NBC series Law & Order: True Crime.
Season one of the spin-off anthology drama will cover the 1993 trial of the Menendez brothers, who were both convicted of murdering their parents.
When asked about the series, Wolf said it’s heavily influenced by FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson:
You want me to completely candid? [The People v. O.J. Simpson] was like, ‘Oh, this is a good idea’. (Laughs.) Because we did a version of Menendez, of the boys in 1992, like in the third season of Law & Order so it’s something that has really interested me since it happened.”
He also explained why he chose to portray the story of the Menendez brothers:
The whole concept of what drove them to do it is the most… Are they telling the truth? Were they molested? What was the level? How long did it go on? How oppressive was it? What did the mother know? I mean, come on.”
Wolf later said that he doesn’t think the public will ever tire of true crime television:
I never worry about it because I think that there is an endless appetite for stuff that’s really well done. If it’s not really well done, yeah, I think you can go, ‘Oh, please, I’ve got to watch six more hours of this?’ But if it gets you – and O.J. got me and I know that story really well, because it was told differently.”
The producer revealed Law & Order: True Crime may be ready by next year.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Law & Order? Will you watch Law & Order: True Crime?