Is Presumed Innocent based on a book? (Here's what you need to know)

Presumed Innocent has just started on Apple TV+, and you already want more. How about the source material to see how the story plays out?
Presumed Innocent - credit: Apple TV+
Presumed Innocent - credit: Apple TV+ /

Whenever there’s a new series out, there is one question that we have first. Is there a source material? That’s the question for Presumed Innocent, as the storyline is going to sound familiar to many people.

Yes, the series is based on a novel. You may have even watched the movie that was also based on the book from the 1990s. The TV series has made a few changes here and there, but for the most part, it looks like everything is going to play out in a similar way.

Presumed Innocent is based on a novel

The eight-part limited series is based on a Scott Turow novel of the same name, published in 1987. The book follows Rusty, a prosecutor in Chicago who ends up dealing with becoming the suspect of a murder. That murder is of a colleague in his office, Carolyn.

It turns out that Rusty and Carolyn had an affair, but that ended months before her murder. Carolyn had affairs with other men in the office, and it turns out that she had some other dodgy dealings. All of this certainly helps to set up some reasonable doubt, but it doesn’t completely clear Rusty’s name.

Is there a sequel to Presumed Innocent?

The Apple TV+ series is a miniseries. That’s because the show is based on this one book by Turow. However, there is an opportunity for David E. Kelley to bring a second season if he wanted to. There is a sequel to Turow’s novel.

It took 13 years, but Turow brought the novel Innocent to fans. This one follows the death of his ex-wife, Barbara. Rusty is sure that Barbara died of natural causes, but everything he went through years earlier cloud many judgements. Is it possible that he killed his ex-wife?

It is unlikely that Kelley would adapt the sequel directly. After all, it takes place more than a decade after the first book. Kelley could adapt it in a way that it doesn’t take so long afterward, though.

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