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'Law & Order' true-crime anthology series in the works at NBC

By Karen Butler
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'Law & Order' true-crime anthology series in the works at NBC
Producer Dick Wolf arrives for a photo call for the series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" during the 52nd Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 12, 2012. File photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 6 (UPI) -- Television producer Dick Wolf is developing Law & Order: True Crime -- The Menendez Brothers Murders, the first installment of a new anthology series.

NBC said the eight-episode drama will focus on brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted of murdering their parents and sentenced to life-imprisonment without the possibility of parole in 1996. No casting has been announced yet.

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"We've been talking with Dick about how to create an event series coming out of the Law & Order, ripped-from-the-headlines brand. This case captured the public's attention like nothing before it as it examined taboo issues such as patricide and matricide in gruesome detail, all against a backdrop of privilege and wealth," Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement Wednesday. "We will recreate the cultural and societal surroundings of both the murders and trials when people were not only obsessed with the case, but examining how and why these brothers committed these heinous crimes."

"Bob, Jen and I have been focused on the natural evolution of the Law & Order brand for the last several years and are excited to extend the franchise with a scripted limited anthology series that focuses on a high-profile trial. There is no shortage of compelling real-life criminal cases, and the Menendez trial was more scintillating than most crime fiction," added Wolf.

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