Netflix has acquired Voltage Pictures’ Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, for N3.5 billion ($9 million), according to THR,
The popular streaming platform currently has a Ted Bundy docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, in its catalogue, so a movie about the serial killer, which stars Zac Efron, will fit right at home there.
The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival receiving mostly positive reviews, and Efron has already received praise for his near-perfect portrayal of Bundy.
Director Joe Berlinger, who’s also responsible for the Netflix docuseries, looks to tell Bundy’s story from a different perspective. In the film, the life and crimes of the notorious killer are portrayed through the eyes of his long-term love interest, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who for years remained in denial about the crimes. Recently, the docuseries has lead to Bundy receiving more attention, as it led to a widespread “hot Ted Bundy” meme from viewers. In response, Netflix reminded viewers of the man’s actions, and Efron has also made it clear that the biopic is not a “celebration” or “glorification” of his crimes. Despite that, with Netflix’s recent acquisition of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, fans of the docuseries will have something to anticipate in the future.