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18th Apr 2018

Netflix’s brand new true crime documentaries look absolutely incredible

Paul Moore

Netflix new documentary

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It’s clear that Netflix isn’t dwelling on their success because the online streaming giant has announced huge plans to diversify and broaden their programming. Earlier this afternoon, they announced plans to create over 100 features that are originating in 16 different countries.

Netflix has unveiled 10 new European projects including seven original series and the return of some beloved shows like Dark, Money Heist, GLOW and countless others.

This being said, the company has really cemented its position as the home of great documentaries in recent years and their  next two features are shaping up to be incredibly gripping.

The Staircase is set to be released this summer but before that, we’re going to get the four-part original docuseries Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist which will be released on May 11th.

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade is making The Staircase and the story will definitely appeal to fans of the genre.

The documentary tells the story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist that’s accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home. After being charged with murder, Michael faces a 16-year judicial battle to clear his name. Throughout the documentary, the filmmakers are given access to the case immediately following Kathleen’s death in 2001 in Durham, North Carolina.

The Staircase will capture every moment of the story from the arrest to the verdict.

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, is set in 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The official synopsis reads: “A robbery gone wrong and a terrifying public murder capture the nation’s attention and a bizarre collection of Midwestern hoarders, outcasts, and lawbreakers play cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Eventually, a middle-aged mastermind named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong — once a town beauty, now a woman grappling with mental illness — is arrested. But 15 years later, Evil Genius proves there’s more to the conspiracy and murders than was ever thought.”

Here’s a look at what’s in store.

If you’re interested in seeing their entire slate, here’s what’s on offer:

The seven new original series:

Netflix’s first Dutch original series, created by production company Pupkin and launching in 2019. In the liberal city of Amsterdam, these Dutch students have it all: youth, wealth, sex, power…and the portal to a demonic world from the Dutch Golden Age they opened by accident.
Mortel (France). Netflix’s fifth original series from France tells the story of teenagers bound together by a supernatural force. The series will be created by Frédéric Garcia and produced by Mandarin Television.
The Wave (Germany). Netflix’s third original series from Germany is based on the hit movie THE WAVE and inspired by real events. Produced by Rat Pack in association with Sony Pictures Television Germany.
Luna Nera (Italy). An original genre series about women suspected of witchcraft in 17th century Italy, created by Francesca Manieri, Laura Paolucci and Tiziana Triana, and produced by Fandango.
La Casa de Papel Part 3 (Spain). After the global success of Part 1 and 2 of the Spanish heist sensation, the Professor will develop new heists that will be unveiled in 2019.
The English Game (UK). A six-part drama about the invention of football and how those involved in its creation reached across the class divide to establish the game as the world’s most popular sport. Produced by 42 and written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
Turn Up Charlie (UK), a new Netflix original comedy series from the UK starring Idris Elba. The eight-part series is executive produced by Idris Elba and Gary Reich.

Two new documentary series

A docu-series based on one of the biggest cold cases in French history, the murder of Grégory Villemin in 1984. Elodie Polo Ackermann will serve as producer and Gilles Marchand as showrunner.
The Staircase, the compelling story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed. The brand new episodes of this true crime phenomenon will air alongside the original series. Produced by Matthieu Belghiti and produced and directed by Academy award-winner Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.

Netflix’s first Italian original film Rimetti a Noi i Nostri Debiti (Forgive Us Our Debts) by Antonio Morabito with Claudio Santamaria, Marco Giallini and Jerzy Stuhr.

Netflix also announced:

GLOW – Sets global launch date for its second season for Friday, June 29.
Maniac – Global first look images released. Starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and directed by Cary Fukunaga, Maniac is the story of two strangers who find themselves caught up in a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial gone awry.
Stranger Things S3 – Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Contact, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and From Dusk Till Dawn) and Cary Elwes (Glory, Days of Thunder, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Robin Hood: Men In Tights and The Princess Bride) are joining the cast in Season 3. Cary will play “Mayor Kline” while Jake will play “Bruce”.

Finally, Netflix unveiled details and assets for new and returning European original series, films, documentaries and more, including:

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur – The three-part documentary exploring the human stories behind the Parisian terrorist attacks on November 13th, 2015 will launch on the service on June 1st, 2018.
Baby – Andrea De Sica (Children of the Night) and Anna Negri (Good Morning Heartache) are the directors of the show which has just started production. Benedetta Porcaroli, Alice Pagani, Isabella Ferrari, Claudia Pandolfi are among the main cast.
Dark S2 – Showrunners will start production of the eight episodes in and around Berlin on June 25th
Dogs Of Berlin 
Génération Q – The title of the next French comedy series directed by Noémie Saglio and produced by UNRATED Studios for release later this year. The cast will include rising talents Zita Hanrot (Elsa), Sabrina Ouazani (Charlotte), Joséphine Draï (Emilie) as well as Marc Ruchmann (who will play Jules).
La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) Part 3
Osmosis – Thomas Vincent (Versailles, Tunnel) will be directing the first two episodes of the French original sci-fi drama series, which is set to begin principal photography in June 2018
Paquita Salas S2 
The Innocents 
The Protector 
Rimetti a Noi i Nostri Debiti

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