Ryan Murphy, one of today’s most respected television producers, is developing another series for Netflix. This time it is Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer, tells the story of the notorious serial killer in a gripping 10-episode limited series created by Murphy himself and his longtime collaborator Ian Brennan. Here’s the latest from the series.
The script for Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer was co-written by Murphy with Ian Brennan (Glee, Ratched, Scream Queens) and David McMillan (Lucifer, Sleepy Hollow).
The three known directors of the limited series are Carl Franklin (House of Cards, Mindhunter), who is directing the pilot episode, Paris Barclay (NYPD blue) and Janet Mock (Pose, Hollywood). Both directors will run the series alongside Murphy and Brennan. Rashad Johnson of Color of Change, a racial justice project, will also serve as supervising producer.
Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer is just one of the many projects Murphy is working on for Netflix as part of his big overall deal with the streamer.
Who was Jeffrey Dahmer and what is the plot of the Netflix series?
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was a notorious American serial killer and sex offender who murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys, many of them black and some minors, from 1978 to 1991.
Most of the killings also involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the preservation of body parts. Despite being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, a schizotypal personality disorder, and a psychotic disorder, Dahmer was found legally sane at his trial. Convicted of 16 murders, he was beaten to death by another inmate in 1994, two years into his sentence. He was 34.
according to deadline, monster It is expected to span the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, ending with Dahmer’s arrest in 1991. It is also expected to have a more psychological approach than other adaptations of Dahmer’s story. monster will focus more on how these murders could have happened over so many years.
Here is the official logline for Netflix Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer:
Chronicling the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, told largely through the victims’ perspective by Jeffrey Dahmer, Monster delves deep into the police incompetence and apathy that enabled the Wisconsin native to lead a multi-year killing spree. The series dramatizes at least 10 instances where Dahmer was nearly arrested but ultimately released. The series is also expected to touch on white privilege, as Dahmer, a clean, handsome white man, was repeatedly given a free pass by cops and lenient judges when he was charged with petty crimes.
Will the plot of Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer stay true to real events?
While the limited series is based on truthfully documented events, we can’t expect a completely faithful retelling of everything, as almost all productions based on true stories change and shift things for dramatic purposes. We can also expect a decent amount of new material to put the events into context, flesh out the story’s characters better, and fill in the gaps where needed.
Perhaps this would be the most appropriate example for comparison The assassination of Gianni Versace, the second season of Ryan Murphy American crime thriller, in which we experience in nine episodes the story of Andrew Cunanan, the man who murdered Gianni Versace. We can see many perspectives as well as many other victims of Cunanan before finally killing Versace. As people noted, Murphy stayed current with most of the known facts about the case while making up his own scenes to put things in context and fill in the blanks.
Aside from that, Ryan Murphy’s series that are based on real events and people are always praised for their exceptional cast, especially their ability to find actors who not only look like their real life counterparts but are great performers as well.
Who is thrown in Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer?
In March 2021, Ryan was confirmed to be Murphy’s longtime collaborator Evan Peters will play the title role. Peters has appeared in many seasons of Murphy American Horror Story and was last seen as Quicksilver in WandaVision. Alongside Peters, Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Richard Jenkins (The shape of the water, Berlin train station) and Penelope Ann Miller will play Lionel and Joyce Dahmer, who are Jeffrey’s parents.
The lead of the other series will be Niecy Nash, also one of the key actors for Ryan Murphy. Nash will play Glenda Cleveland, a neighbor of Dahmer who called the police numerous times and even tried to call the FBI to alert them to Dahmer’s erratic behavior. Next to them the monster will occur Shaun Brown and Colin Ford Brown portrays Dahmer’s final intended victim, who managed to escape and call the police.
What is the production status Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer?
Netflix Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer Got into production in Los Angeles on March 23, 2021, according to Production Weekly Issue 1236.
The show reportedly ended filming 09/13/2021. Other reports contradict this, but all we know is that the show entered post-production sometime in September 2022.
Eyewitness accounts on social media indicated that the show was filmed in locations including Pomona, California.
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When will Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer be released on Netflix?
The series is expected to hit Netflix in 2022, although we haven’t received any indication as to when exactly it will be released.
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