Colin Firth will play Michael Peterson in an series adaptation of “The Staircase,” which has been ordered to series at HBO Max.
HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of the limited series, which depends on the docuseries of similar name and different books and reports on the Peterson case. Peterson was accused of murdering his wife, Kathleen, in 2001. He claimed she died after to falling down the steps at their home, yet police suspected he bludgeoned her to death and organized the scene to look like an accident. The docuseries was originally released in 2004, with maker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade refreshing with new data years after the fact. Netflix delivered it as a 13-episode series in 2018.
Assortment only announced that the scripted series was being development back in 2019. “The Staircase” is written and executive produced by showrunners Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn. Campos will likewise direct six of the eight episodes. The series is a co-creation between HBO Max and Annapurna Television.
“It is a thrill to collaborate with Antonio Campos, Maggie Cohn and Annapurna Television for the exploration of this true-life story that’s rife with dramatic revelations,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max. “With the enormously talented Colin Firth at the center of this adaptation, the story of ‘The Staricase’ will continue to captivate audiences with every bizarre twist and turn.”
The role will mark Firth’s first ordinary TV role in quite a while. He is essentially known for his feature roles, including his Academy Award-winning turn in “The King’s Speech.” He was likewise nominated for an Academy Award in 2010 for “A Single Man.” Other notable feature credits for Firth feature creditsthe “Kingsman,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” and the “Mamma Mia” films.
He is repped by Independent Talent in the U.K. what’s more, CAA in the U.S.
“This has been a project I have been working on in one way or another since 2008,” Campos said. “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 dramatize such a complex true-life story.”
Campos’ past TV credits include executive producing and directing multiple episodes of the hit USA Network wrongdoing treasury arrangement “The Sinner,” including the pilot and Season 2 debut. He likewise coordinated a scene during the principal period of the Marvel-Netflix arrangement “The Punisher.” On the component side, he composed and coordinated movies, for example, “Simon Killer” and “Afterschool.” His film “The Devil All the Time,” in light of the novel by Donald Ray Pollock, was released in 2020.
Campos is repped by WME, Management 360 and Nelson Davis. Cohn is repped by Management 360 and CAA.
“Annapurna couldn’t be more excited to partner with HBO Max, Antonio Campos, Maggie Cohn and Colin Firth on this unbelievable true-life saga,” said Sue Naegle, chief content officer of Annapurna. “We were enthralled by the docuseries and know that this story will be just as fascinating as a limited series in the hands of Antonio and Maggie, with Colin at the center.”