The Staircase to get true-crime drama series with Colin Firth

Joe Anderton
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Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole / Staff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole / Staff - Getty Images

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The Staircase, the true crime documentary that premiered in 2004 and was later revived and expanded on through Netflix in 2018, is now taking on another new form.

Deadline has reported that it is becoming a limited drama series on HBO Max, with The King's Speech and Bridget Jones actor Colin Firth as Michael Peterson, the man convicted of murdering his wife Kathleen Peterson, who then had his conviction changed to voluntary manslaughter.

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American Crime Story writer Maggie Cohn will be executive producing the show alongside Antonio Campos, who directed Christine and will be directing six out of the eight episodes.

"This has been a project I have been working on in one way or another since 2008," Campos said in a statement. "It's been a long and winding road, but well worth the wait to be able to find partners like HBO Max, Annapurna, co-showrunner Maggie Cohn and the incredible Colin Firth to dramatise such a complex true-life story."

Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole / Staff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole / Staff - Getty Images

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Interestingly, Star Wars and Blade Runner actor Harrison Ford was originally rumoured to be attached way back in 2019, with the real-life case's lawyer David Rudolf stating that it was a "little hard to wrap my head around". Well, now he doesn't have to.

We don't know when The Staircase drama series is planned for, or where it will be shown in the UK yet.

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