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Netflix adapts John Grisham’s “The Innocent Man” as docuseries

John Grisham’s true crime best-seller The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town has been adapted into the six-part docuseries The Innocent Man for global streaming giant Netflix. Using new footage and archival video ...
November 19, 2018

John Grisham’s true crime best-seller The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town has been adapted into the six-part docuseries The Innocent Man for global streaming giant Netflix.

Using new footage and archival video and photos, The Innocent Man recounts the story of two murders that shook the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1980s, along with the controversial fallout of the investigation that led to several false convictions.

Interviewees include the victims’ friends and families, Ada residents, attorneys, journalists, and others, including Grisham and attorney Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.

The series was developed by Clay Tweel — who also serves as director — and Ross Dinerstein. It is produced by Maura Anderson and Shannon Riggs, with Grisham, David Gernert, Tweel and Dinerstein serving as EPs.

“As a filmmaker I often find that the best stories are the ones we tell ourselves, but what surprised me was the extent to which that idea also permeates the criminal justice system,” said Tweel in a statement. “By re-examining these old cases I hope that viewers will identify the biases involved, even their own.”

“The documentary series of The Innocent Man is gripping, compelling, and ultimately just as heartbreaking as the book,” added Grisham. “Though I know the story well, I can’t wait to watch it again.”

The Innocent Man launches globally on Netflix Dec. 14.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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