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Netflix has produced some intense docuseries, ranging from Making a Murderer to The Keepers to even Tiger King, to a certain extent. The latest docuseries to make waves on the streaming giant is Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, centered on Jeffrey Epstein's life leading up to his arrest in 2019. Epstein's death in 2019 might have meant the docuseries was done for good, but Filthy Rich director Lisa Bryant revealed a reason that the series has the potential for more episodes.
When asked if she planned to produce any additional Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich content, Lisa Bryant told EW:
If Ghislaine Maxwell is arrested tomorrow, would we try to do something? Probably, but I don't know. There are things that are still happening. Every few weeks there's some legal action. I think the next big thing that could be an episode is something like one of these co-conspirators being arrested or some big break like that. We're certainly keeping it on our radar.
According to Lisa Bryant, the arrest of British socialite and Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell would be a good reason to return to Filthy Rich to produce new content. Despite Epstein's death in 2019, the legal cases are evidently still ongoing, and a big break could result in more episodes. Bryant and Co. are apparently keeping their eyes on the latest developments, and the result could be a return to Filthy Rich.
That's not to say that viewers who binged through the four episodes of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich are definitely going to see a follow-up episode or episodes, but Lisa Bryant didn't rule out more content, and Netflix may not be inclined to pass up on more if the opportunity arises. Filthy Rich released on May 27, and at the time of writing, the docuseries currently holds the #2 spot on Netflix's Top 10, behind Steve Carell's Space Force (which also has an uncertain future) and Sweet Magnolias.
In case you're not familiar with the case of Jeffrey Epstein that resulted in the docuseries, the tycoon was accused of abusing underage girls and women for decades with a network of enablers who helped him. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich includes the firsthand accounts of several of his accusers. Director Lisa Bryant shared how Filthy Rich went about recruiting Epstein's accusers for the series:
There was no persuading. It was really about trying to make inroads to earn their trust and first having conversations, then hopefully setting up a meeting. They learned about our good intentions — that we're just letting the world know that this went on and trying to figure out how the heck that happened and how he lied and manipulated. We made inroads that way, and then we got one on camera, and then it led to them telling someone else or giving us a lead. We were surprised at how forthcoming they were.
Running for only four episodes, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich tells its story in less time than comparable docuseries like The Keepers and The Family, but it packs a lot into those for installments. You can find the full series of Filthy Rich streaming on Netflix now, short of Lisa Bryant coming forward with news of content for more episodes.
If you're on the lookout for some more viewing options now and in the not-too-distant future, check out our 2020 summer premiere schedule.