Netflix Picks Up ‘The Staircase’, Orders ‘Evil Genius’ True Crime Docuseries From Duplass Brothers


Netflix is expanding its true crime slate. Critically praised true crime series The Staircase is heading to the internet TV network, along with four-part original docuseries Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass. New episodes of the Staircase will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28 before they launch on Netflix this summer alongside the original French TV miniseries, which aired on Canal+ and Sundance TV in 2004. Evil Genius, the story of the extraordinary criminal case known as the “pizza bomber heist” will launch globally May 11 on Netflix.

The Staircase, which hails from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, follows the compelling story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed. De Lestrade was granted unusual access to the case immediately following Kathleen’s death in 2001 in Durham, North Carolina. Her husband, Michael, a local public figure and successful novelist, quickly becomes the prime suspect.

De Lestrade captured every moment of the story from arrest to verdict, following in intimate detail Peterson’s home, the family and his defense team as it considered its strategic options.

The Staircase is produced by What’s Up Films, directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and produced by Matthieu Belghiti and Allyson Luchak

Evil Genius is set in 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Per Netflix: “A robbery gone wrong and a terrifying public murder capture the nation’s attention, and a bizarre collection of Midwestern hoarders, outcasts, and lawbreakers play cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Eventually, a middle-aged mastermind named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong — once a town beauty, now a woman grappling with mental illness — is arrested. But 15 years later, Evil Genius proves there’s more to the conspiracy and murders than was ever thought.”

Evil Genius is written & directed by Barbara Schroeder, Trey Borzillieri is co-director and executive producer. Mark and Jay Duplass executive produce with Josh Braun and Dan Braun.

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