Ryan Murphy is one of today's most respected television producers. He has just launched another Netflix series. This time it’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, telling the story of the infamous serial killer in a gripping 10-part limited series, created by Murphy himself and his long-time collaborator Ian Brennan. Here’s the latest on the series.
Murphy, Ian Brennan, David McMillan, and David McMillan wrote the script for Monster, The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Three directors are known to have been involved in the limited series: Carl Franklin (House of Cards and Mindhunter), who directed the pilot episode; Paris Barclay(NYPD Blue) who directed the second episode; and Janet Mock ("Pose", Hollywood). Along with Murphy and Brennan, the series will be executive produced by both directors. Supervising producer will also be Rashad Johnson of Color of Change (a project for racial justice).
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, is just one of many projects Murphy is currently working on for Netflix in his large overall agreement with the streaming service.
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was an American serial killer, sex ofender, and murderer who killed and dismembered 17 boys and men between 1978 and 1991. Many of these were people of color or underage.
Many of the murders involved cannibalism, necrophilia and preservation of body parts. Although he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, and a psychotic disorder, Dahmer was found to be legally sane at his trial. He was sentenced to 16 murders and beat to death in 1994 by another prisoner, just two years after his conviction. He was 34 years old.
According to Deadline, Monster is expected to span the 60s, 70s, 80s and conclude 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 be more concerned with how the murders occurred over many years.
Here is the official logline for Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story:
Monster chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, largely told from the point of view of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree. The series dramatizes at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series also is expected to touch on white privilege, as Dahmer, a cleancut, 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.
While the limited series is based on true documented events, we can’t expect a fully faithful retelling of everything as in almost all productions that are based on true stories, things get changed and shifted around for dramatic purposes. You can expect to see a fair amount of additional material that will help put events into context and flesh out the characters.
Perhaps the most appropriate example for comparison here would be The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the second season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story, where over nine episodes we are witnessing the story of Andrew Cunanan, the man who murdered Gianni Versace. We can see many perspectives as well as many of Cunanan’s other victims before he eventually killed Versace. People noticed that Murphy kept track of most facts and created his own scenes to fill in any gaps.
That being said, Ryan Murphy’s series based on real events and people are always praised for their exceptional casting, especially the ability to find actors who not only look like their real-life counterparts but are also great performers.
It has been confirmed in March 2021 that Ryan Murphy’s longtime collaborator Evan Peters will play the titular role. Peters has appeared in many of Murphy’s seasons of American Horror Story and most recently has been seen as Quicksilver in WandaVision. Next to Peters, Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Richard Jenkins (The Shape Of Water, Berlin Station) and Penelope Ann Miller will play Lionel and Joyce Dahmer respectively who are Jeffrey’s parents.
The other series’ lead will be Niecy Nash, also one of the go-to actors for Ryan Murphy. Nash will play Glenda Cleveland, a neighbor of Dahmer’s who called police numerous times and even tried calling the FBI to alert them of Dahmer’s erratic behavior, to no avail. Besides them, the Monster will feature Shaun Brown and Colin Ford with Brown portraying Dahmer’s last intended victim, the one who managed to escape and call the police.
Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story entered production on March 23, 2021 in Los Angeles according to issue 1236 of Production Weekly.
Reports claim that the series wrapped filming in September 2021. Some reports disagree with this assertion, but we do know that post-production began sometime around September 2022.
Social media eyewitnesses reported that the show was filming at Pomona in California.
The series is expected to arrive on Netflix in 2022 although we’ve still been given no indication as to when exactly it’ll be.
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