Leigh Janiak has moved on from fictional killers to real-life crime. Deadline introduced that the Concern Road author and director is now connected to direct two episodes of HBO Max’s upcoming restricted collection, The Staircase, primarily based on the true-crime docuseries of the identical identify. The eight-episode collection stars Colin Firth as novelist Michael Peterson, a person convicted of murdering his spouse Kathleen (Toni Collette) after suspicious circumstances arose surrounding her loss of life.
Janiak is following up her profitable streak because the director of Netflix’s hit Concern Road movie trilogy, becoming a member of Christine director Antonio Campos, who will direct the opposite six episodes of the collection.
The Staircase is predicated each on the French docuseries, together with numerous books and follow-up reviews on the case of Peterson, who was convicted of homicide in 2003, after claiming his spouse had drunkenly fallen down the steps — till police found she had sustained important accidents from a blunt object.
Janiak is not any stranger to tv, having directed and govt produced Lauren Oliver’s Panic pilot for Amazon, in addition to an episode of Outcast for Cinemax, and a number of episodes of Scream for MTV, staying true to her horror roots. She expressed her pleasure for the mission in an announcement to Deadline:
“The Staircase has haunted me since I watched the sensible documentary years in the past. I couldn’t be extra excited and honored to assist Antonio and Maggie deliver their imaginative and prescient to life as we present new sides to this complicated, intense story.”
The Staircase is written and govt produced by Campos and Maggie Cohn, who may also function showrunners. Rosemarie DeWitt, Juliette Binoche, Parker Posey, Odessa Younger, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Dane DeHaan, Olivia DeJonge, Sophie Turner, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Tim Guinee are additionally set to star.
The collection is a co-production between HBO Max and Annapurna TV. No launch date for the drama has been introduced, however audiences can watch the unique docuseries (in addition to its follow-up) on Netflix.
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