Jeffrey Dahmer Limited Series in the Works From Netflix & Ryan Murphy
According to Deadline, Netflix has officially given a series order to Ryan Murphy’s newest limited series titled Monster which will center around one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, who is infamously known for the brutal murders of 17 men and boys. In addition, Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins has also signed on for the role of Dahmer’s father Lionel, who was the one that taught the killer at a young age how to bleach and preserve animal bones which was a technique he had later used to dispose of his victims’ bodies.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers which will be largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree.
He became an active serial killer from 1978 up to 1991 where his later murders involved necrophilia and cannibalism. In 1991, he was finally caught when one of his supposed victims had escaped from his apartment and later brought back two police officers with him where they found polaroids of dismembered bodies and a kitchen full of human body parts.
The 10-episode limited series will be spanning from the 1960s to the 70s and 80s, up to the killer’s arrest. Monster is also expected to dramatize at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series will also touch on the subject of 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.
Monster is co-created and executive produced by longtime collaborators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan with Carl Franklin (Mindhunter) and Janet Mock (Pose, Hollywood) set as writers and directors. It will be produced by Alexis Martin Woodall and Eric Kovtun of Ryan Murphy Prods. and Scott Robertson with David McMillan and Rashad Johnson of Color of Change set as supervising producers.
The limited series is the latest addition to Ryan Murphy’s long-list of ongoing projects that he is currently developing and producing for Netflix as part of his massive multi-year deal with the streaming service. These projects include the star-studded film adaptation of The Prom; and The Boys in the Band film starring Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer; and a Halston biopic series starring Ewan McGregor.
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