Friday, October 2, 2020

Netflix Gives Series Order to Limited Series 'Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story' Starring Richard Jenkins

Netflix has today given a series order to the original limited series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story starring Richard Jenkins (Berlin Station, Olive Kitteridge). Production is slated to begin in January.

The series will chronicle the story of one of America's most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, largely told from the point-of-view of his victims. It will dive deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree. The series will dramatize at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series is also expected to touch on white privilege, as Dahmer, a clean-cut, good-looking white guy, was repeatedly given a free pass by cops as well as by judges who were lenient when he had been charged with petty crimes.

Jenkins will play Lionel, Dahmer's father, a chemist who showed him how to safely bleach and preserve animal bones when he was a child - a technique Jeffrey later gave a sinister twist with his victims.

Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan created the series, with Carl Franklin set to direct the premiere. Janet Mock will also write and direct several episodes. All four will executive produce with Alexis Martin Woodall and Eric Kovtun. Rashad Johnson and David McMillan will serve as supervising producers while Scott Robertson is a co-producer. Ryan Murphy Productions will produce.