May 18, 2022


HBO Max's "The Staircase" Explores a Acquainted True-Crime Story

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A well-recognized true-crime story is getting a brand new adaptation. On March 29, HBO Max launched the primary teaser for its upcoming restricted collection, “The Staircase,” in regards to the dying of Kathleen Peterson and subsequent confounding homicide trial of her husband, Michael Peterson.

The story was beforehand pursued in 2004 in a French documentary miniseries, directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, of the identical identify. In HBO Max’s iteration, the Petersons will likely be portrayed by Colin Firth and Toni Collette. The complete trailer for “The Staircase,” launched on April 21, exhibits that the restricted collection will dig into the investigation of Kathleen’s dying, Michael’s homicide trial, and in addition embrace mentions of de Lestrade’s documentary.

Over the course of eight episodes, the collection will discover the mysterious dying of Kathleen in Durham, NC, on Dec. 9, 2001. Michael, a novelist, claimed he discovered Kathleen unconscious after she fell down the steps of their dwelling. However the post-mortem discovered that Kathleen had died from blood loss, and her accidents had been in keeping with blows from a blunt object, differing from Michael’s prior staircase concept.

The following trial would reveal intimate particulars in regards to the Petersons’ private lives, together with the prior dying of their buddy Elizabeth Ratliff, who was equally discovered on the backside of her staircase in 1985. She had the Petersons over for dinner the night earlier than she was discovered. Following a prolonged trial, Michael was discovered responsible of homicide and sentenced to life in jail in 2003, however after key proof was later deemed inadmissible, Michael was supplied a plea for the lesser cost of manslaughter. His prior time served coated the sentence, and he was launched in 2017.

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Launched in 2004, “The Staircase” documentary collection drew widespread consideration to the case, and Netflix later picked up the collection in 2018 and explored newer developments with three further episodes. The next 12 months, Michael launched his personal account within the type of a memoir, “Behind the Staircase.”

HBO Max will launch the primary three episodes of its collection on Could 5, adopted by one new episode per week via June 9. Different forged members embrace Sophie Turner, Dane DeHaan, Michael Stuhlbarg, Juliette Binoche, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Parker Posey. The present’s creator, Antonio Campos, has expertise telling crime tales, as his prior tasks embrace “The Satan All of the Time” and “Christine.” Watch the 2 trailers for “The Staircase” forward.

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