Ryan Murphy knows a winning formula when he sees it, and the story of the Menendez Brothers’ murder of their parents is right in his wheelhouse for Netflix.
Netflix announced that the second installment of Murphy’s “Monster” series will be “Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Mendez Story” in a video this week. The video plays the dramatic 9-1-1 call from the brothers that led to a captivating case with national attention. “From the creators of DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Coming to Netflix in 2024.”
Unfortunately, audiences are going to have to wait until 2024 for the Menendez Brothers series, according to Netflix.
That follows on the heels of his mega-hit series “DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” that has already won several awards, and is expected to contend for a number of others.
“To date for DAHMER, Niecy Nash-Betts has won the Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series, and received both SAG and Golden Globe nominations for her performance; Evan Peters took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series and received a SAG nomination for his portrayal; and Richard Jenkins and the series received Golden Globe nominations,” Netflix said.
After that success Netflix signed Murphy to a two-series deal, which the Menendez story will be the first of those, according to Variety. Variety also said Netflix is working on a documentary series with “exclusive access” with the Menendez brothers.
The Menendez brothers rose to notoriety back in the 1990s, when their parents Jose and Kitty Menendez were murdered. The brothers were convicted of shooting their parents, in a trial that captivated the country on the newly-formed Court TV.
The brothers claimed to have discovered the bodies of their parents in 1989, but Erik’s confession to his therapist ended up setting up a made-for-tv like drama. It took years, but they were convicted after two mistrials, and a whole heap of drama that will make for even more compelling television.