If you’re a true crime fan and live on the planet Earth, there’s a good chance Ted Bundy has come up in conversation lately, thanks in part to the recently released (and abusively binged) Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The docuseries follows the infamous killer and has become a massive hit.
The series premiered on Netflix and has put them squarely on the internet’s front page. Conversations with a Killer was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger, whose documentary credits include Paradise Lost and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Striking while the iron is white hot, Netflix just secured the winning bid for the soon-to-be-released Ted Bundy biography film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, also directed Joe Berlinger.
Hoping to keep the momentum going, Netflix reportedly put in a $9 million bid at Sundance and promptly won the rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Despite being 30 years after his execution, fascination with Bundy is still at a high. If this keeps up, it seems Berlinger and Netflix are going to have one hell of a year. Certainly expectations are high and it seems unlikely to disappoint.
Berlinger is renowned for the detail and passion he brings to his projects. His Metallica series changed the way the world saw the band, and Paradise Lost literally led to the reopening of a closed case, ultimately freeing the wrongfully accused. As already mentioned, his Bundy docuseries has become a phenomenon.
Netflix has been championing passion projects like this one and you can tell the Bundy project is well paired with Berlinger. Michael Werwie was a bartender in West Hollywood for a decade shopping the screenplay. Currently, this is his only feature credit, but surely not for long. It’s an interesting take and one we look forward to seeing on Netflix.