HBO Max has ordered The Staircase, an eight-episode limited series starring Academy and BAFTA Award winner Colin Firth as American novelist Michael Peterson.
The Max Original is a co-production between HBO Max and Annapurna Television. Antonio Campos will direct six of the eight episodes.
Adapting the true crime docuseries The Staircase and various books and reports on the case, The Staircase is an exploration of the life of Michael Peterson, his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson.
“It is a thrill to collaborate with Antonio Campos, Maggie Cohn and Annapurna Television for the exploration of this true-life story that’s rife with dramatic revelations,” said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max.
“With the enormously talented Colin Firth at the center of this adaptation, the story of The Staircase will continue to captivate audiences with every bizarre twist and turn.”
“This has been a project I have been working on in one way or another since 2008,” added Antonio Campos.
“It’s been a long and winding road, but well worth the wait to be able to find partners like HBO Max, Annapurna, co-showrunner Maggie Cohn and the incredible Colin Firth to dramatize such a complex true-life story.”
Sue Naegle, Chief Content Officer, Annapurna, commented: “Annapurna couldn’t be more excited to partner with HBO Max, Antonio Campos, Maggie Cohn and Colin Firth on this unbelievable true-life saga.
“We were enthralled by the docuseries and know that this story will be just as fascinating as a limited series in the hands of Antonio and Maggie, with Colin at the center.”