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'The Staircase' Filmmakers Say They Were 'Betrayed' By 'Damaging' New HBO Max Series

Added 05-15-22 04:18:02pm EST - “The director behind the original documentary about the murder case against Michael Peterson said the new series attacks the "credibility of my work."” - Huffpost.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “'The Staircase' Filmmakers Say They Were 'Betrayed' By 'Damaging' New HBO Max Series”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

HBO Max’s “The Staircase,” the well-reviewed retelling of the murder case against Michael Peterson, has proved to be a step too far from the truth for the filmmakers behind the original docuseries of the same name.

The eight-part crime drama, directed by Antonio Campos and starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette, is based on the groundbreaking Peabody Award–winning docuseries “The Staircase,” created by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.

For over a decade, the French director and his team tracked Peterson, who was accused and later convicted of killing his wife Kathleen after she was found dead at the bottom of their North Carolina home’s back staircase in 2001.

The making of the documentary is woven into the plot of the HBO Max series, with actors portraying de Lestrade and his crew, who are now blasting the production for misrepresenting their filmmaking process.

“I have to protect my work,” de Lestrade told Vanity Fair in a recent interview. “A series on HBO like this will get huge attention. And if people think what they’re watching is true, that’s really damaging for us. I’m really sorry, because I don’t want to damage the career of a talented director like Antonio. Because he is a very talented director. But in this case, he did something wrong.”


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