The Staircase — Trailer


added: Tue, May 22nd '18

Long before the recent wave of true-crime documentaries like the award-winning nonfiction miniseries "Making a Murderer" and "The Jinx", and long before the "Serial" podcast, there was a riveting true-crime documentary series that captivated critics and audiences alike.

It was called "The Staircase," and it told the fascinating true story of American crime novelist Michael Peterson who was accused of murdering his wife, Kathleen, after her body was found lying in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase inside their North Carolina home in December of 2001.

Directed by Academy-Award-winning French documentary filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Murder On a Sunday Morning), the Peabody-winning series, which was originally released in 2004 in France and the U.K. (a two-hour version aired in the U.S. as a prime-time news special on ABC), chronicled every twist and turn of the case as it unfolded during Peterson's lengthy murder trial. It was also told through Peterson's eyes as filmmakers were given full access to Peterson's family and his lawyer and legal team.

"The Staircase" was acquired this year by the streaming company Netflix as director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade revisits the Peterson case by filming three additional new episodes, which are serving as a follow-up.

Now, with 13 episodes in total, "The Staircase" is due to stream on Netflix beginning Friday, June 8th.

The Staircase is 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.


directed by   Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

release date   June 8, 2018 (on Netflix)

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