Sundance: Netflix Acquires Ted Bundy Drama ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile’

Amazon Studios may have went on a big shopping spree at Sundance this year. However, Netflix still went on their own special spending spree as well. The streaming giant just acquired “Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil, and Vile” starring Zac Efron as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix acquired the picture for $9 million.

 

The film had a rather divisive response when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Although, Zac Efron still won career best reviews for his portrayal of the famed psychopath. Since Netflix is planning an awards friendly release in the fall, he could be an early contender in next year’s Best Actor race.

‘Extremely Wicked’ chronicles the life of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), his longtime girlfriend who was in denial over Bundy’s true nature. Rounding out the rest of the cast is John Malkovich, Jim Parsons, Kaya Scodelario, and Haley Joel Osment.

As it turns out, Netflix seems to have quite the interest in Ted Bundy’s biography. Not only did they pick up a biopic on his life but the hit docuseries “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” is currently available on streaming. Plus, it’s created by Joe Berlinger, the director of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.”

Also, this is the first narrative feature from Sundance that Netflix has acquired. Their other two recent acquisitions have been documentaries. One being “American Factory” and the other being “Knock Down The House” which chronicles Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’ political rise. Since acquisition deals are still taking place, there may be more films that Netflix is on the hunt for.

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