Ryan Murphy is set to continue his anthology series, ‘Monster’, by diving into the world of the Menendez brothers. The announcement follows the success and controversy of the first season of ‘Monster’ depicting the story of Jeffrey Dahmer.
‘Monster: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story’ will tell the story of two brothers convicted for the murder of their parents. A video announcement for the second season of the series dropped Monday, May 1, and opened with the famed phone call where Lyle tells the 911 operator that his mom and dad have been shot.
Jose Menendez, 45, was shot in the back of the head, and Kitty Menendez, 47, was shot multiple times in the living room of their home.
The brothers falsely said they were not home the night of the murders. The oldest son, Lyle, was arrested on March 8, 1990, and Erik Menendez surrendered to authorities three days later. The first trial captured the nation’s attention when it was broadcast on Court TV and is often thought to have helped to “usher in” the fascination with true crime.
The brothers were convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 1996.
‘The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story’ will follow the first season of the series, ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’. ‘Dahmer’ was Netflix’s second most popular English-language TV show of all time, just behind ‘Stranger Things 4’. It amassed over 1B hours of views in the first 60 days on Netflix, according to the streaming platform.
It’s been confirmed that Netflix ordered two installments of the ‘Monster’ franchise following the success of ‘Dahmer.’ As of now, it is not clear if each season will follow someone convicted of murder. The streaming platform has only stated every installment will “tell stories of other monstrous figures who have impacted society.”
According to The Today Show, Netflix has “exclusive access to Lyle and Erik Menendez for a forthcoming documentary feature,” meaning the Menendez brothers, now 55 and 52, could be on screen.