John Grisham’s ‘The Innocent Man’ Being Adapted for a Netflix Documentary Series

The Innocent Man Poster
First official poster arrives for the documentary series ‘The Innocent Man’ (Photo Credit: Netflix)

Netflix is bringing John Grisham’s The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town to life as a documentary series. The streaming service has set a December 14, 2018 global premiere date for the six part series and has released the first official poster promoting the The Innocent Man.

Discussing the project, director Clay Tweel (Finders Keepers, Gleason, Out of Omaha) said, “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. By re-examining these old cases I hope that viewers will identify the biases involved, even their own.”

The documentary series is being produced by Maura Anderson and Shannon Riggs. Author John Grisham, director Tweel, David Gernert, and Ross Dinerstein serve as executive producers.

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

The Innocent Man Plot:

In a story that gained national attention with John Grisham’s best-selling non-fiction book, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, the six-part documentary series The Innocent Man focuses on two murders that shook the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1980s — and the controversial chain of events that followed.

The Innocent Man includes interviews with victims’ friends and families, Ada residents, attorneys, journalists, and others involved in the cases. (Grisham appears, as does attorney Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.) Developed as a documentary series by Tweel and Ross Dinerstein, it blends new footage with compelling archival video and photos.