HBO Max to Adapt True-Crime Docuseries ‘The Staircase’ Into Limited Series Starring Colin Firth
HBO Max is adapting the true-crime docuseries “The Staircase” into a scripted limited series that will star Colin Firth as American novelist Michael Peterson, who was on trial in 2001 for killing his wife.The writer claimed that his wife died at their home after falling down the stairs, but a medical examiner determined that she had been bludgeoned to death, turning Peterson into a murder suspect.
Peterson was convicted in 2003 of murdering Kathleen Peterson and spent eight years in prison.
In 2011, he was granted a new trial, but before it could start, he submitted to an Alford plea to the reduced charge of manslaughter.
He was sentenced to time already served and was set free.The original docuseries, directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, was released in 2004 and updated with information in 2013 and again in 2018, when it was released as a Netflix documentary.Antonio Campos will direct six of the eight