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Netflix grows true crime slate with “Evil Genius,” “The Staircase”

Global streaming behemoth Netflix is expanding its originals slate with two true crime docuseries. Anchoring the new slate will be director Barbara Schroeder‘s Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most ...
April 18, 2018

Global streaming behemoth Netflix is expanding its originals slate with two true crime docuseries.

Anchoring the new slate will be director Barbara Schroeder‘s Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, which looks at the criminal case known as the “pizza bomber heist.” The four-part series examines the 2003 robbery gone wrong in Erie, Pennsylvania and the public murder capture that caught the nation’s attention, along with a group of Midwestern hoarders, outcasts and lawbreakers who toyed with the FBI.

Evil Genius is written and directed by Barbara Schroeder and co-directed and executive produced by Trey Borzillieri. The executive producers on the series are Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Josh Braun and Dan Braun.

Elsewhere, Netflix has added new episodes to The Staircase, the story of crime novelist Michael Peterson (pictured). The series unravels the December 2001 killing Peterson’s wife Kathleen, for which he was accused, after she was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed.

Produced by What’s Up Films, the new episodes of this true crime series will bow alongside the original 2004 series in summer 2018. The next chapter of The Staircase will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 29.

Matthieu Belghiti and Allyson Luchak are producers on The Staircase, along with Academy Award-winner Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, who produces and directs.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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