On December 9, 2001, novelist Michael Peterson called 911 to request assistance for his wife Kathleen had had an accident falling from the stairs of his Durham mansion in North Carolina.
The police expected to encounter a domestic accident but found something totally different in what was one of the most notorious police cases of the early 21st century in the United States. HBO was working apace on this project and now they have confirmed a major change.
It will be Colin Firth who will finally play the novelist, in the miniseries that will be released on HBO Max, replacing Harrison Ford, who months ago had been announced as the main protagonist of the fiction.
They also reported that “eight episodes that will be based on the documentary of the same name and several books and reports on the Peterson case. The documentary series originally launched in 2004, and creator Jean-Xavier de Lestrade updated the story with new information years later in material that was released by Netflix as a 13-episode series in 2018 (“The Killer on the Ladder ”).
As Variety exclusively reported that the series has been in development since 2019, it is a co-production between HBO Max and Annapurna Television and is scripted and executive produced by Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn. Campos will also direct six of the eight episodes. “The Staircase” will mark the return of Colin Firth to television in which since 2007 he only recorded a short (“Red Nose Day Actually) in 2017.
The actor, winner of the Oscar for best actor in 2011 for “The King’s Speech” (he had already been nominated in 2010 for “Only a Man”) had also stood out for his participation in “The Diary of Bridget Jones”, “Mamma Mia ”and the recent Oscar nominee“ 1917 ”.