These days, even trials are getting the reboot treatment. As the great true crime TV arms race heats up, NBC is moving ahead with their planned Law & Order branded series about the Menendez Brothers. As you might suspect, it’s not going to be a sitcom that airs after America’s Got Talent. (Mind you, it could always get an Up All Night style retooling. This is NBC, after all.)
Entertainment Weekly reports that Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders is getting an eight-episode first season focusing on the multiple murder trials of Erik and Lyle Menendez. Law & Order veteran René Balcer has been trapped to write and executive produce the series, which received a hearty endorsement from Law & Order/Chicago (anything) head honcho Dick Wolf:
“René and I have been working together over the past three decades, and he is one of a handful of truly great showrunners with whom I’ve worked,” said Wolf in a statement. “Law & Order won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series under his watch.”
No names have been attached to play the infamous Court TV staples, though Uproxx’s Brian Grubb already has a brilliant casting suggestion:
Would you like Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders to be a star-studded affair like American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson? Or would you prefer a less Hollywood-y cast? Maybe something along the lines of the Hallmark Channel? Of course everyone might be sick of true crime by the time it arrives. Either way, weigh in with your casting thoughts in the comments.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)