Errol Morris Is Making A True-Crime Documentary Series For Netflix

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With the headline-capturing success of Serial and The Jinx, it's the perfect moment for Errol Morris — whose 1988 doc The Thin Blue Line helped overturn a wrongfully convicted man's life sentence — to re-enter the true crime genre via a six-part documentary series for Netflix.


Morris, who won an Oscar for The Fog of War, let a (very) few details slip in an interview he gave in conjunction with The Thin Blue Line's Blu-ray release next week.

Speaking with Business Insider, he pointed out that he's never really left true crime behind, with projects like 2010 doc Tabloid and 2012 book A Wilderness of Error. (The latter is about convicted murderer Jeffrey MacDonald, and takes a different approach to the case than the seminal true-crime book written about it, Fatal Vision.)

Alas, he was rather vague about the particulars of his Netflix series:

When asked if the current six-part Netflix series he's making was [true crime] he replied, "That, yes, has an element of true crime in it. Yes indeed it does."

He would not go into detail about the series, only to say that an announcement was forthcoming.

We'll be waiting to hear more on that!

Post-Netflix, Morris' next project will be Holland, Michigan, his first narrative film since 1991's The Dark Wind. It's been in the works for awhile; in this 2013 article it's described as "a suburban thriller laced with black humor."


Owl is lost

We were just discussing A Wilderness of Error on Gawker the other day. I'm curious what people who read Fatal Vision thought of it. I liked both Fatal Vision and McGinniss's defense of it, Final Vision. I find the attacks on his character to be uncalled for. At the same time, I hear Morris's writing is really great and of course I'm interested in it because I admire some of his film work.