Right after ‘American Crime Story: People V. O.J. Simpson’ finishes, another miniseries based on the case will hit ESPN — and this one included a sit down with actual people involved in the trial.
OJ: Made In America will be shown on ESPN in five, two-hour parts. Director Ezra Edelman sat down at Sundance Film Festival to reveal why he decided to make the movie, and the intense process behind the new O.J. Simpson documentary.
“I think part of the appeal to the story is that it’s kind of about everything,” Ezra said in an interview at Sundance Film Festival. “It’s about everything, depending on who you are, and where you were raised and where you come from. It’s just a very telling story about our culture and about celebrity.”
The story also bring many “different strands into one narrative,” in order to create such a complex biopic.
“Now there are people from the trail for instance, that haven’t sat for interviews in the last 15-20 years, so their perspective of this huge medium that they were in they were in the center of, you haven’t heard that,” he added. “I’m pretty sure Marcia Clark hasn’t sat for five hours to go through this, and I’m pretty sure she won’t do it again — at least she says she won’t do it again.”
Ezra really wants people to understand the process of the famous trial — “why people were so fascinated by the trial, why people wet so invested in OJ, why people reacted to the verdict, on both sides, black and white, the way the did.” Ultimately, the filmmaker hopes he will be “offering some understanding to America.”
The documentary will air on ESPN in June.