With high demand for more true crime content, Netflix (NFLX) has worked to become the go-to source for some of the most-talked-about titles in the genre including “The Keepers,” “Wild Wild Country,” and “Making a Murderer.” And Friday, Netflix adds another to its killer collection: “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.”
Academy-Award nominated Joe Berlinger directs the Ted Bundy biopic based off Elizabeth Kendall’s book “The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy.” And this isn’t Berlinger’s first Bundy project.
“I wasn’t planning on being the guy who does a lot of Bundy in 2019, and it’s actually kind of bizarre that I did both a scripted movie and a doc series on the same subject,” he said on Yahoo Finance’s The Final Round.
Earlier this year, Berlinger’s project “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” began streaming exclusively on Netflix.
In his latest Bundy project, Berlinger cast former teen heart throb Zac Efron to emphasize the deceptive nature of the prolific serial killer.
“The movie is a cautionary tale for a new generation that might not understand who Bundy was and how he deceived everybody around him. And Zac, for a certain demographic, he’s a guy who can do no wrong because of how he looks and how he acts…he’s just this persona that people admire and that’s exactly the effect Bundy had on people.”
Though the film has received high praise on the film festival circuit, not everyone believes Netflix films should receive awards consideration. Famed director Steven Spielberg said recently that films not in theaters should not be considered for Oscar awards. Berlinger disagrees.
“I made a film called ‘Paradise Lost’ that was nominated for both an Oscar and an Emmy, so I benefitted from that system, but I think that the filmmaker needs to decide is it a film or is it a television show,” Berlinger said. “How one sees it shouldn’t determine whether something is cinematic or not.”
Devin Southard is a producer at Yahoo Finance.